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Moored data from the 26 North Atlantic array since 2004

Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
ProjectRapid Climate Change
Time periodFrom 2004 onwards
Geographical area

North Atlantic from Bahamas to Canary Islands


Quality control flags; Sea level; Date and time; Electrical conductivity of the water column; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Moored instrument depth; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Sound velocity and travel time in the water column; Salinity of the water column; Temperature of the water column


Sea level recorders; inverted echosounders; current meters; current profilers; CTD


The 26 North dataset comprises moored temperature, conductivity and salinity, current velocity, acoustic travel time and bottom pressure time series. Data have been collected in the North Atlantic between latitudes of 23.7 degrees N and 28 degrees N in three sub -arrays at the Western Boundary (76.9 degrees W to 69.4 degrees W), Mid-Atlantic Ridge (52.1 degrees W to 40.9 degrees W) and Eastern Boundary (24.2 degrees W to 12.2 degrees W ). A number of instrumented moorings, some of which are full depth, have been deployed in each sub-array. Data have been collected since February 2004 and the moorings have been turned around every year. Data have been collected using a variety of moored instrumentation including conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) sensors, current meters, Bottom Pressure Recorders (BPR), Inverted Echo Sounders (IES) and Acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs). Data are collected in order to calculate and continuously monitor the Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC) and provide a long term time series of the strength of the MOC. The 26 North dataset comprises moored data collected by the RAPID: monitoring the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation at 26.5 degrees N since 2004 (RAPIDMOC) project and the Meridional Overturning Circulation and Heat-flux Array (MOCHA) project. Data are held at the British Oceanographic Data Centre.

OriginatorsNational Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), University of Miami
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
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048_26North_moorings
Global identifier6156
Last revised2017-01-30