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Ocean2ice: Processes and variability of ocean heat transport toward ice shelves in the Amundsen Sea Embayment (iSTAR A) from 2012 - 2017

Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom January 2012 to February 2017
Geographical area

Antarctica; Amundsen Sea


Transmittance and attenuance of the water column; Air pressure; Air temperature; Atmospheric humidity; Electrical conductivity of the water column; Turbulence in the water column; Wind strength and direction; Optical backscatter; Seal behaviour; Transport in the water column; Temperature of the water column; Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column


Radiosondes; fluorometers; current meters; current profilers; lowered current profilers; transmissometers; thermosalinographs; water temperature sensor; microstructure sensors; continuous water samplers; salinity sensor; dissolved gas sensors; acoustic velocity systems; water pressure sensors; CTD; discrete water samplers; water body temperature sensor


This dataset contains a variety of oceanographic and atmospheric measurements including time series of temperature, salinity, current speed and direction and discrete samples of salinity, dissolved oxygen, oxygen isotope and trace gas concentrations of the water column. It also includes atmospheric measurements including temperature, humidity and wind speed and direction. The data were collected in the Amundsen Sea region of the Antarctic between 2012 and 2017. The majority of the data were collected during RRS James Clark Ross cruise JR20140126 from January to March 2014. Moorings were deployed in 2012 and redeployed in 2014, most collected data until 2016. Measurements were taken using a variety of instrumentation, including conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) profilers with attached auxiliary sensors, acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs), Radiosondes and Microstructure profilers (MVP). Discrete water samples were also taken and analysed for salinity, dissolved oxygen and oxygen isotope concentration and trace gas concentrations. Measurements were also taken by CTD profilers, current meters and ADCPs deployed on moorings and by CTDs deployed on tags on seals. The project was designed to discover how and why warm ocean water gets close to the ice shelf in Antarctica (and in particular the Amundsen Sea) and is part of the wider iSTAR programme. The principal investigator for this project is Professor Karen Heywood, University of East Anglia and the project was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. Data from the project are held at the British Oceanographic Data Centre. BODC do not expect to receive data from the Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP) deployed by the project. The originator has identified data quality issues with these datasets and has indicated that they won't be supplied. We expect to receive all other data collected by the project.

OriginatorsBritish Antarctic Survey
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Natural Environment Research Council
Sea Mammal Research Unit
University of East Anglia, School of Environmental Sciences
University of Southampton School of Ocean and Earth Science
University of St Andrews, School of Biology
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 identifier1048iSTARA2012-2017
Global identifier6552
Last revised2017-03-30