Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry programme oceanographic data set

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Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodData collected during UK SSB cruises from 2014 to 2015
Geographical area

Celtic Sea and shelf seas and shelf edges around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland


Alkalinity, acidity and pH of the water column; Air pressure; Atmospheric humidity; Raw fluorometer output; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Moored instrument depth; Other meteorological measurements; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Dissolved inorganic nitrogen concentration in the water column; Radioactivity in water bodies; Phytoplankton generic abundance in water bodies; Salinity of the water column; Temperature of the water column; Metadata parameters; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Ammonium and ammonia concentration parameters in water bodies; Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Platform or instrument orientation; Electrical conductivity of the water column; Phytoplankton taxonomic abundance in water bodies; Transmittance and attenuance of the water column; Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column; Air temperature; Density of the water column; Raw light meter output; Wind strength and direction


Anemometers; fluorometers; thermosalinographs; multi-channel seismic reflection systems; multi-beam echosounders; atmospheric radiometers; salinity sensor; sediment profile imagers; salinometers; acoustic velocity systems; laboratory autosamplers; Differential Global Positioning System receivers; water pressure sensors; nutrient analysers; CTD; transmissometers; discrete water samplers; water temperature sensor; meteorological packages


The Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry (SSB) data set comprises hydrographic data, including measurements of temperature, salinity and currents, complemented by bathymetric and meteorological data. The study area is located in the Celtic Sea, shelf seas and shelf-edges around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. The data were collected by a combination of research cruises that spanned from March 2014 to September 2015. Shipboard data collection involved the deployment of conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) packages in the study area. Continuous measurements of current velocities (using vessel mounted ADCPs, VMADCPs), bathymetry and surface ocean and meteorological properties were collected throughout each cruise. Moorings were deployed in the Celtic Sea in early 2014 and provided approximately two years worth of hydrographic time series data. The SSB programme aims to increase the understanding of the cycling of nutrients and carbon and the controls on primary and secondary production, and their role in wider biogeochemical cycles, which in turn will significantly improve predictive marine biogeochemical and ecosystem models over a range of scales. SSB brings together UK researchers from Bangor University, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Meteorological Office, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), University of Aberdeen, University of East Anglia (UEA), University of Edinburgh, University of Liverpool, University of Oxford, University of Portsmouth and University of Southampton. It also has UK and Irish partners, as Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Marine Institute and Marine Scotland Science. The programme was divided into five work packages, having Jonathan Sharples as the Principal Investigator for work package 1 (CANDYFLOSS), Martin Solan as Principal Investigator for work package 2 (Biogeochemistry, macronutrient and carbon cycling in the benthic layer), Peter J. Statham as Principal Investigator for work package 3 (Supply of iron from shelf sediments to the ocean), Icarus Allen as Principal Investigator for work package 4 (Integrative Modelling for Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry) and Keith Weston as Principal Investigator for work package 5 (Blue Carbon – How much carbon is stored in UK shelf seas, what influences storage and could it be used in carbon trading?). All data will be managed by the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC).

OriginatorsBangor University School of Ocean Sciences
Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory
Met Office
National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Plymouth Polytechnic Institute of Marine Studies
Scottish Association for Marine Science
University of Aberdeen, Oceanlab
University of East Anglia, School of Environmental Sciences
University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences
University of Liverpool Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences
University of Oxford, Department of Earth Sciences
University of Portsmouth School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Southampton School of Ocean and Earth Science
Data web site
OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
ContactLouise Darroch (UK-SSB Data Manager)

British Oceanographic Data Centre
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United Kingdom
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048_UK-SSB
Global identifier6368
Last revised2019-05-01