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A Southern Indian Ocean database of hydrographic profiles obtained with instrumented elephant seals


Roquet, F and Williams, GD and Hindell, MA and Harcourt, R and McMahon, C and Guinet, C and Charrassin, J-B and Reverdin, G and Boehme, L and Lovell, P and Fedak, M, A Southern Indian Ocean database of hydrographic profiles obtained with instrumented elephant seals, Nature Scientific Data, 1, (Data Descriptor) Article 140028. ISSN 2052-4463 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1038/sdata.2014.28


The instrumentation of southern elephant seals with satellite-linked CTD tags has offered unique temporal and spatial coverage of the Southern Indian Ocean since 2004. This includes extensive data from the Antarctic continental slope and shelf regions during the winter months, which is outside the conventional areas of Argo autonomous floats and ship-based studies. This landmark dataset of around 75,000 temperature and salinity profiles from 20140 E, concentrated on the sector between the Kerguelen Islands and Prydz Bay, continues to grow through the coordinated efforts of French and Australian marine research teams. The seal data are quality controlled and calibrated using delayed-mode techniques involving comparisons with other existing profiles as well as cross-comparisons similar to established protocols within the Argo community, with a resulting accuracy of 0.03 C in temperature and 0.05 in salinity or better. The data offer invaluable new insights into the water masses, oceanographic processes and provides a vital tool for oceanographers seeking to advance our understanding of this key component of the global ocean climate.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Marine biology, Physical oceanography
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Physical oceanography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Williams, GD (Mr Guy Williams)
UTAS Author:Hindell, MA (Professor Mark Hindell)
ID Code:96832
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:87
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2014-11-24
Last Modified:2017-10-31
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