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Data set name

Marine Environment Monitoring and Assessment National database (MERMAN) Contaminants, nutrients, biological and eutrophication effects in water - 1999 onwards

Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
ProjectClean and Safe Seas Evidence Group(CSSEG); National Marine Monitoring Program(NMMP)
Time periodOngoing monitoring
OngoingYes
Geographical area

UK waters

Observations 
Parameters

Quality control flags; Alkalinity, acidity and pH of the water column; Particulate total and organic carbon concentrations in the water column; Particulate total and organic nitrogen concentrations in the water column; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column; Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column; Secchi disk depth; Salinity of the water column; Temperature of the water column; Metadata parameters; Particulate total and organic phosphorus concentrations in the water column; Ammonium and ammonia concentration parameters in water bodies; Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies

Description 
Summary

The Marine Environment Monitoring and Assessment National database (MERMAN) is a national database which holds and provides access to data collected under the Clean Safe Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP) formerly the National Marine Monitoring Programme (NMMP). The data collected are the responsibility of the Competent Monitoring Authorities (CMAs) who collect the samples from stations in UK waters using water sampling techniques, trawls, nets or grabs. The CMAs then send the collected samples to accredited laboratories where they are analysed. A weighting is calculated, based on the quality of the analysis. The weighting score incorporates the laboratory accreditation, reference material, inter-laboratory comparisons, detection limits, uncertainties and standard deviations. Where data do not meet a threshold score they are given a status of ‘FAIL’ and although they are stored they are not made available to external users. The MERMAN contaminants, nutrients, biological and eutrophication effects in water data start in 1999. Data are submitted by the CMAs annually and an annual submission may include updates to legacy data to provide additional data or improve data/metadata. The data held in MERMAN fulfils the UK's mandatory monitoring requirements under the Oslo and Paris Convention (OSPAR) Joint Assessments and Monitoring Programme (JAMP). These data are used in support of European Commission (EC) directives and national assessments, such as Charting Progress 2 and are also supplied to the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODNET).

OriginatorsAgri-Food and Biosciences Institute
Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory
Environment Agency Head Office
Marine Scotland Science
Natural Resources Wales
Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Stirling Office
Data web sitehttp://www.ices.dk/marine-data/data-portals/Pages/DOME.aspx
Availability 
OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
AvailabilityLicence
ContactJames Ayliffe (MERMAN Data Scientist)
Address

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

Emailenquiries@bodc.ac.uk
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048MERMAN_CW
Global identifier6540
Last revised2016-06-23