Turbulence, frontal structure and water column measurements in the Southern Celtic Sea (Summer 2012)

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Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time period14th May to 22nd August 2012
Geographical area

Southern Celtic Sea


Turbulence in the water column; Salinity of the water column; Temperature of the water column; Metadata parameters; Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies; Sound velocity and travel time in the water column; Horizontal spatial co-ordinates; Electrical conductivity of the water column; Density of the water column


Fluorometers; lowered current profilers; CTD undulators; microstructure sensors; CTD; water body temperature sensor


This dataset consists of measurements of water column structure including hydrographic profiles, temperature and salinity, turbulence data, turbidity and fluorescence profiles, current velocities and sound velocities. The measurements were undertaken during a comprehensive survey of the southern Celtic Sea between May and August 2012. Some turbulence microstructure data were collected from the 14th to the 24th of May 2012, while the remaining data were collected from the 10th to the 22nd of August 2012, aboard the RV Falcon Spirit. These cruises formed the field component of NERC Discovery Science project "Assessing the sensitivity of marginally stratified shelf seas within a changing climate". The data were collected in order to identify processes involved in the existence and intensity of the front displays not governed by tidal periodicities, to test whether the processes identified as important to changes in shelf sea stratification through in-situ measurements are indeed responsible for observed changes and to incorporate new knowledge into state-of-the-art numerical models that can upscale the processes observed within this project to the shelf sea environment. The Discovery Science project was composed of Standard Grant reference NE/I001832/1. The project ran from 01 January 2011 to 30 June 2014. Dr Philip Hosegood of University of Plymouth School of Marine Science and Engineering was the principal investigator of this project. The moored temperature logger data have been received by BODC as raw files from the RV Falcon Spirit, processed and quality controlled using in-house BODC procedures and can be downloaded online from the BODC website in a variety of data formats including ASCII, ODV and NetCDF. Full documentation on the dataset is supplied on download. Raw file versions of the minibat towed undulator transect data, moored ADCP data, VMADCP data and turbulence microstructure data are available on request.

OriginatorsUniversity of Plymouth School of Marine Science and Engineering

Sam L. Cox (2016) Temporal patterns in habitat use by small cetaceans at an oceanographically dynamic marine renewable energy test site in the Celtic Sea, ; Sam L. Cox (2016) Seabird diving behaviour reveals the functional significance of shelf-sea fronts as foraging hotspots,

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OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
ContactPolly Hadžiabdić (Head of the BODC Requests Team)

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Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048CELTICSEA_TURB_FRONTS
Global identifier6720
Last revised2023-12-08