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RAN CTD Profile Data - HMAS MERMAID ProjectID: SRATD-0030MER_M From: 2011-11-25 To: 2011-12-01

This dataset contains quality controlled vertical profiles of pressure, temperature and salinity measured by a Conductivity, Temperature and Depth (CTD) probe. The dataset contains 2 CTD profiles (casts) obtained during RAN Hydrographic Survey cruise SRATD-0030MER_M from HMAS MERMAID.

The CTD was manufactured by Applied Microsystems Limited and is the "Micro CTD" model. This CTD type is referred to operationally as the MVP200_CTD. This CTD is fitted with a 4 electrode platinized conductivity cell, thermistor temperature sensor and a semiconductor strain gauge pressure sensor.

The CTD sensors are calibrated at the manufacturer Applied Microsystems Limited on a 12-18 month schedule. The CTD temperature sensor is calibrated against 'Hart' temperature standards. The pressure sensor is calibrated using 'Budenburg Deadweight' standards. The conductivity sensor is calibrated using 'Hart' temperature standards and seawater samples of known conductivity.

The CTD sensors are mounted to a fish-shape probe. The probe is controlled by an electric winch (MVP200 type). For downcasts the fish is allowed to free-fall (winch is in 'free-wheel' mode) under its own weight at about 2-3 ms-1 and then is winched back. Data is recorded in downcast and usually in upcast direction at a sampling rate of 25 Hz. The downcast data is of higher quality because sensors encounter undisturbed seawater that flows through the nose of the fish. On the upcast the fish is flipped around (tail first) and the sensors in the nose encounter disturbed flow from the fish tail.

This type of CTD is prone to a phenomenon called 'salinity spiking' caused by a mismatch between the response times of the temperature and conductivity sensor. Data undergoes a salinity de-spiking routine to correct for this. See the history metadata for further details on the salinity de-spiking process.

Raw CTD pressure data is not always monotonic due to transient up/down motion of winch/ship. Raw pressure data is subsetted to give a monotonic (increasing) sequence and then linearly interpolated to 1 decibar pressure intervals. Data is then flagged with quality control flags after visual inspection and comparison to average climatology and historical CTD casts.

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Field Value
Title RAN CTD Profile Data - HMAS MERMAID ProjectID: SRATD-0030MER_M From: 2011-11-25 To: 2011-12-01
Type Dataset
Language English
Licence Other
Data Status inactive
Landing Page http://data.gov.au/dataset/6de3ade2-f603-4533-af75-cf9bd4c5b143
Date Published 2016-09-02
Date Updated 2016-09-02
Contact Point
Royal Australian Navy
Geospatial Coverage {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [[[168.28324, -17.75523], [168.31147, -17.75523], [168.31147, -17.74574], [168.28324, -17.74574], [168.28324, -17.75523]]]}
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Data Portal Navy Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) CSW Harvester
Publisher/Agency Royal Australian Navy
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