A 30-year (1971-2000) temperature and salinity climatology is presented for sur- face and near-bed regions of the NW European shelf seas, with a resolution of 1/6? longitude by 1/10? latitude. The data have been extracted from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) data centre and supplemented by additional records from the World Ocean Data Centre (WODC). From the original data, which are irregularly distributed in space and time, the mean monthly tem- perature and salinity are calculated, as well as the climatic mean annual cycle. The climatology presented here is an improvement upon all existing climatologies pre- sented in the literature for the NW European shelf; covering a wider area on a finer scale and including the surface and near-bed distribution of both temperature and salinity. Comparison of our data with existing climatologies shows good agreement, with differences occurring where our climatology is an improvement. This climatology, which will prove to be valuable to many users in the marine community will be regularly updated and made available to all users via the ICES data centre.
Data and Resources
- Climatology datazip
This ZIP archive contains the ICES/WODC temperature and salinity climatology...
- Climatology - Annual Values - Observed cells onlycsv
This is a CSV version of the data presented in the climatology zip files,...
- Climatology - Monthly means - Observed cells onlycsv
This dataset is a CSV version of the data included in the climatology zip...
- High Resolution Imageszip
This zip file contains 4 high resolution Encapsulated PostScript (.eps)...
- PDF Report of Climatology Workpdf
PDF Report providing detailed explanation of methodology and results. Also...
Dataset InfoThese fields are compatible with DCAT, an RDF vocabulary designed to facilitate interoperability between data catalogs published on the Web.
|Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area|
POLYGON ((-15.99609375 46.558860303117, -15.99609375 63.860035895395, 9.31640625 63.860035895395, 9.31640625 46.558860303117))
Friday, January 1, 1971 - 00:00 to Sunday, December 31, 2000 - 00:00
UK Open Government Licence (OGL)
Monthly and annual
This ZIP archive contains the ICES/WODC temperature and salinity climatology
Details of the analysis can be found in the accompanying publication (berx-hughes_2009.pdf),
There are also 4 directories containing the data. These are:
Temperatures are degrees Celsius, Values for land squares and areas beyond the continental shelf are set to NaN.
Each directory contains 16 files. All have the same structure (171 rows and 151 columns):
- mon_jan_????.txt : monthly mean value for January
where ????, is the variable (tempB,tempS,saltB,saltS)
To reconstitute the annual cycle, the following formula can be used:
where a = annual mean (from ann_avg_????.txt)
Ref: Berx, B., and Hughes S.L. 2009. Climatology of Surface and Near-bed Temperature and Salinity on the North-West European Continental Shelf for 1971–2000. Continental Shelf Research.
Marine Scotland Science
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