Plankton Reactivity in the Marine Environment (PRIME)


The CDROM is available free of charge.

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Note: This product contains the BODC Explorer software package which cannot be readily installed, under a 64-bit version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. For more information please see our Explorer software advice page.

Find out more about the PRIME CDROM

  • Access the PRIME CDROM brochure Adobe PDF vesion of the PRIME CDROM brochure (99 KB)
  • Learn more about the PRIME project

PRIME was a NERC funded thematic project to study the role of plankton in oceanic biogeochemical fluxes. These fluxes have implications in the world's climate regulation system.

The project was hosted by the School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor. Data management support was provided by BODC.

The PRIME field programme consisted of the Bergen Mesocosm Experiment in 1995 (in the fjord waters of Espegrend Marine Biological Field Station), biological and hydrographic data collected in the early 1970's at Ocean Weather Ship India, and the RRS Discovery cruise 221 to the North East Atlantic in 1996.

A wide diversity of physical, chemical and biological data were collected (650 different parameters were measured). This included

  • Bacteria
  • Nitrogen
  • Salinity
  • Carbon
  • Nutrients
  • Temperature
  • Chlorophyll
  • Particles
  • Trace elements
  • Currents
  • Phytoplankton
  • Viruses
  • Gases
  • Productivity
  • Zooplankton
  • Light levels
  • Respiration

Over 95% of the data collected during these activities are assembled on the CDROM.

The data are accompanied by an extensive Users' Guide, which covers sampling protocol documentation, the structures used to store the data, and the BODC interface software packages that are provided on the CDROM.