Current meter data collected at sites around the UK and in the Rockall Trough and Channel (1978-1988)

Data set information

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Data holding centreHealth and Safety Executive Offshore Safety Division
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom July 1978 to March 1982 (N Rockall Trough), from May 1979 to October 1981 (Rockall Channel), March 1984 (Firth of Lorne), August 1984 (Pembrokeshire), October and November 1984 (Kintyre), from August to October 1985 (Celtic Sea), from June 1985 to March 1986 and from November 1986 to July 1987 (southern North Sea), from June 1978 to October 1988 (West Sole)
Geographical area

North Rockall Trough, Rockall Channel, Celtic Sea, Firth of Lorne, Pembrokeshire, Kintyre, southern North Sea


Wind strength and direction; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Temperature of the water column


Anemometers; current meters; water temperature sensor; current profilers


The data set comprises current meter data collected for a variety of projects. These are outlined briefly below: 1. North Rockall Trough. Data gathered by IOS, in water depths of between 1100m and 1600m, between July 1978 and March 1982. 2. Rockall Channel. Data gathered by DML in water depths of between 1000m and 2000m, between May 1979 and October 1981. 3. OSCR data from the Firth of Lorne (March 1984), Pembrokeshire (August 1984) and Kintyre (October and November 1984). OSCR equipment operated by RAL, comparison current meter data collected by DML. 4. Celtic Sea. Data gathered by IOS, between August and October 1985. 5. Southern North Sea. Data gathered by SMBA (DML) between June 1985 and March 1986, and between November 1986 and July 1987. Data comprise several separate deployments. In addition, wind data are available from West Sole WA Platform (53° 42'N, 001° 09'E) between 01 June 1978 and 31 October 1988, gathered by BMT Fluid Mechanics.

OriginatorsHealth and Safety Executive Offshore Safety Division
OrganisationHealth and Safety Executive Offshore Safety Division
AvailabilityBy negotiation
ContactThe Director

Health and Safety Executive Offshore Safety Division
Ferguson House 15 Marylebone Road

United Kingdom

Telephone+44 171 243 6000
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1072001
Global identifier801
Last revised2009-10-15