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Process study dataset from cruise JC025 in the Celtic Sea (July 2008) as part of project 'Horizontal patchiness in vertical mixing in stratified shelf seas'

Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time period02 to 27 July 2008
Geographical area

Celtic Sea


Bacteria generic abundance in sediment; Bird counts; Air pressure; Air temperature; Cetacean abundance; Atmospheric humidity; Electrical conductivity of the water column; Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies; Turbulence in the water column; Wind strength and direction; Fish abundance in water bodies; Platform or instrument orientation; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Bathymetry and Elevation; Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column; Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column; Primary production in the water column; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Seabed photography; Density of the water column; Salinity of the water column; Temperature of the water column; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Horizontal platform movement; Vertical platform movement; Silicate concentration parameters in the water column; Solar Radiation; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Horizontal spatial co-ordinates


Meteorological packages; fluorometers; current profilers; lowered current profilers; radiometers; CTD undulators; thermosalinographs; underwater cameras; plankton nets; dissolved gas sensors; sediment grabs; observers; Fish-finder echosounders; Global Navigation Satellite System receivers; CTD; transmissometers; discrete water samplers; water temperature sensor


This dataset consists of a variety of hydrographic, biogeochemical and meteorological data. Hydrographic profiles, towed and underway measurements and point sources provided information on free-fall turbulence data, current velocities and acoustic backscatter, water column structure including temperature and salinity, the underwater light field, fluorescence and dissolved oxygen. A comprehensive biogeochemical water sampling programme provided details on nutrients, primary productivity, dissolved organic matter and phytoplankton pigments. Biological samples such as zooplankton were obtained from the water column using nets, and from the sea-bed using grabs. Bathymetry and meteorological parameters were measured across the study area. A dye release experiment was also carried out. Data collection was undertaken in the Celtic Sea. The data were collected during the period 02 - 27 July 2008 during RRS James Cook cruise JC025. Measurements were taken using a variety of instrumentation, including conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) profilers with attached auxiliary sensors, bathymetric echosounders, water bottle samplers, nets, acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs), remote access water samplers, towed undulators, free-fall turbulence profilers, temperature loggers, fluorometers, grabs and ship flow-through and meteorological packages. The data have been collected as part of the United Kingdom (UK) Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Oceans 2025 programme (Work Package 3.2) to provide information on vertical mixing processes at the thermocline. This will help improve modelling of these processes and is an expansion of work carried out during a previous National Oceanography Centre Liverpool (NOCL) project ‘Physical-Biological Control of New Production within the Seasonal Thermocline’. The cruise was undertaken jointly by NOCL, the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences (SAMS), the University of Aberdeen, the University of Strathclyde, Napier University and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). The Principal Scientist during the research cruise was Professor Jonathan Sharples of NOCL, who is also the Principal Investigator of Work Package 3.2. CTD data, towed undulator data, temperature logger data, nutrient data, ADCP data, dye tracking data, zooplankton data, primary productivity data and ship underway monitoring system data from this cruise are held at the British Oceanographic Data Centre. Other data have not yet been supplied.

OriginatorsBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Data web site
OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
ContactPolly Hadžiabdić (Head of the BODC Requests Team)

British Oceanographic Data Centre
Joseph Proudman Building 6 Brownlow Street
L3 5DA
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 (0)782 512 0946
Facsimile+44 (0) 151 795 4912
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048JC025cruise_dataset
Global identifier6102
Last revised2017-01-30