South Orkney State of the Antarctic Ecosystem (SO-AntEco) dataset

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Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodSouth Orkney State of the Antarctic Ecosystem (SO-AntEco) dataset created by the British Antractic Survey (20 August 2015 to 24 August 2016)
Geographical area

South Orkney Islands


Air pressure; Atmospheric humidity; Salinity of the water column; Temperature of the water column; Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Raw temperature and/or salinity instrument output; Horizontal spatial co-ordinates; Platform or instrument orientation; Visible waveband radiance and irradiance measurements in the water column; Electrical conductivity of the water column; Transmittance and attenuance of the water column; Air temperature; Wind strength and direction


Anemometers; fluorometers; bathythermographs; thermosalinographs; altimeters; Global Navigation Satellite System receivers; water pressure sensors; CTD; transmissometers; water temperature sensor; meteorological packages


This dataset consists of physical oceanographic and meteorological data collected in the South Orkney Islands, Southern Ocean, onboard the RRS James Clark Ross during the period of 25 February 2016 until 25 March 2016 on JR15005 a South Orkney State of the Antarctic Ecosystem (SO-AntEco) cruise. Measurements were taken using conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) profilers with attached auxiliary sensors, expendable bathythermographs (XBTs) and the ships underway monitoring system. Hydrographic profiles provide measurements of the water column, temperature, salinity, depth, conductivity, transmittance, fluorescence, irradiance, altimetry and dissolved oxygen. Underway measurements include meteorological, surface hydrography and navigational data. The data have been collected as part of the SO-AntEco project, a British Antarctic Survey (BAS) funded programme from 20 August 2015 to 24 August 2016 lead by Dr Huw Griffiths (BAS). This involved international collaboration with scientists from BAS, Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR), Universities (Bristol, Hull, Liverpool and Oxford) and the Natural History Museum (NHM), London. This project was part of the wider SCAR biological research programme - State of the Antarctic Ecosystem (AntEco). The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) hold CTD, XBT, navigation, meteorological and surface hydrographic data. The Polar Data Centre (PDC) at BAS are responsible for the long-term management of other datasets collected on cruise JR15005.

OriginatorsBritish Antarctic Survey
Data web site
OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
ContactPolly Hadžiabdić (Head of the BODC Requests Team)

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Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048SO-AntEco
Global identifier6742
Last revised2021-04-21