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Data set name

Sea surface temperature (SST) measurements collected by surfers around the southern UK and western Ireland coastline between 2014 and 2017.

Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time period5th Jan 2014 to 8th Feb 2017
OngoingNo
Geographical area

Southern Uk and western Ireland

Observations 
Parameters

Temperature of the water column

Instruments

Water temperature sensor

Description 
Summary

This data collection consists of sea surface temperature (SST) data collected by recreational surfers around the southern UK and Western Ireland coastline over the period from 5th January 2014 to 8th February 2017. These data were collected as part of a research project supported by Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Over the study period, the recreational surfers collected 297 independent samples of SST. The surfers were equipped with a UTBI-001 Tidbit V2 Temperature Data Logger and a Garmin etrex 10 GPS. The Garmin etrex 10 device was used to extract GPS information (latitude and longitude) for each surf. The Tidbit V2 temperature logger was attached, using cable-ties, at mid-point to the leash of the surfboards to ensure continuous contact with seawater when surfing, measuring temperature in the top metre of the water column. Roughly every 6 months over the study period, the Tidbit V2 temperature loggers were rigorously compared with a VWR1620-200 traceable digital thermometer (with an accuracy of 0.05 degrees C at the range of 0 to 100 degrees C) at 1 degree C intervals from 6 to 25 degrees C using a PolyScience temperature bath. Over the study period, all sensors performed within the manufacturers technical specifications. A piecewise regression to model was used to correct any Tidbit V2 temperature data collected to remove systematic biases between sensors, such that the errors in each sensor were within the accuracy of VWR1620-200 traceable digital thermometer. Temperature data were collected at 10 second intervals during each surfing session. The data were processed to remove any data collected before and after entering the water and SST were extracted by computing the median of the remaining data. Standard deviations on the remaining data are also provided to give an index of SST variability during each surf session.

OriginatorsPlymouth Marine Laboratory
References

Brewin, R.J.W., de Mora, L., Jackson, T., Brewin, T.G., and Shutler, J. (2015) On the Potential of Surfers to Monitor Environmental Indicators in the Coastal Zone, PLOS ONE; Brewin R.J.W.; de Mora L.; Jackson T.; Brewin T.G.; Shutler J.; Billson O. (2017) Sea surface temperature (SST) measurements collected by surfers around the southern UK and western Ireland coastline between 2014 and 2017., British Oceanographic Data Centre - Natural Environment Research Council, UK; Brewin R.J.W.; de Mora L.; Jackson T.; Brewin T.G.; Shutler J. (2015) Annual time series of sea surface temperature (SST) measurements collected by a surfer at Wembury Beach, Plymouth, UK., British Oceanographic Data Centre - Natural Environment Research Council, UK.

Data web sitehttps://www.bodc.ac.uk/data/published_data_library/catalogue/10.5285/120b3387-c081-75f4-e053-6c86abc0763b/
Availability 
OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactPolly Hadžiabdić (Head of the BODC Requests Team)
Address

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

Telephone+44 (0)782 512 0946
Emailenquiries@bodc.ac.uk
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048_Surfer_SST
Global identifier6160
Last revised2017-07-19