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Data set name

POL Moored Current Meter Databank (1968-)

Data holding centreProudman Oceanographic Laboratory
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1968 onwards
Geographical area

Continental shelf and slope areas around the British Isles (e.g. North Sea, Irish Sea, Celtic Sea, continental slope off north west Scotland)


Electrical conductivity of the water column; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Temperature of the water column


Sea level recorders; current meters; salinity sensor


The data set comprises time series measurements of ocean currents from moored instruments, mainly collected in the continental shelf seas around the British Isles (for example, the North Sea, Irish Sea, Celtic Sea) or the continental slope. Data holdings are approximately 660 data series. Data records contain current speed and direction. In addition, temperature is often measured and pressure and conductivity are occasionally measured. Sampling intervals vary between 5 and 60 minutes, but are usually 10 minutes. Current meter deployments are typically 2-8 weeks duration in shelf areas but up to 6-12 months on the shelf edge. Some of the data have been collected as contributions to larger national or international experiments, for example, BISOP 71, OVERFLOW 73, JONSDAP 73, JONSDAP 76, CONSLEX, North Sea Project, LOIS, PROVESS.

OriginatorsProudman Oceanographic Laboratory
Data web site
OrganisationProudman Oceanographic Laboratory
AvailabilityBy negotiation
ContactThe Director

Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory
Joseph Proudman Building 6 Brownlow Street
L3 5DA
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 151 795 4800
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1054001
Global identifier734
Last revised2009-12-01