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*DATASET-NAME: CTD station data collected in the Northern Adriatic Sea during the Italian PRISMA programme, Phase 1 (1995-1996)

*TIME-PERIOD:  From May 1995 to February 1996 (four seasonal cruise).

*GEOGRAPHIC-COVERAGE: Parallel transects in the Northern Adriatic Sea shallow zone (the Rimini transects), data set limits: South: 43N; North: 46N; West: 12E; East: 14E.

*PROJECT: PRISMA (Programma di RIcerca e Sperimentazione del Mare Adriatico)

*PARAMETERS: Pressure, temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, light transmission and scattering, fluorescence.

*INSTRUMENTS: CTD SeaBird 911 plus, coupled with a 24-bottles Rosette water sampling. The CTD was equipped with SeaTech Transmissometer and SeaTech Fluorometer.

*SUMMARY: Four multidisciplinary seasonal hydrological surveys with CTD casts and water sampling were conducted every three months (May, August, November 1995, and February 1996) in the framework of PRISMA sub-project "Longitudinal fluxes" in the Northern Adriatic, in the Central Adriatic and in the Southern Adriatic respectively. The main objective was the study of the seasonal time-scale variability of the water and the biogeochemical fluxes, through four significant transversal sections of the Adriatic Sea. Water sampling for the determination of nutrients and dissolved/particulate elements were collected, contemporary with marine currents measurements both by mooring arrays of currentmeters and ship-mounted ADCP current profiles.

The original CTD data were processed, controlled and analysed by the originators who hold the principal quality control responsibility. The high resolution vertical profiles of each station were averaged over 1 dbar pressure interval. The salinity has been computed according to the 1978 Practical Salinity Scale. The averaged data are stored per cruise and ship (institution).

The entire data set comprises 956 vertical profiles and includes data supplied by three institutions:
- Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale OGS, Trieste, Italy (Gargano and Otranto transects);
- CNR, Istituto di Scienze Marine (Sezione di Ancona), Italy (Giulianova transects);
- CNR, Istituto di Scienze Marine (Sezione di Venezia), Italy (Rimini transects).

The Northern Adriatic data set comprises 194 vertical prifiles related to four seasonal cruises by ISMAR Venezia.

Manca, B., P. Franco, E. Paschini, 2001, Seasonal Variability of the Hydrography in the Adriatic Sea: Water Mass Properties and Circulation. In " Mediterranean Ecosystems: Structure and Processes", F.M. Faranda, L.Guglielmo, G.Spezie (eds), Springer-Verlag Italia, ISBN 88-470-0114-5.

*CENTRE: CNR, Istituto di Scienze Marine (Sezione di Venezia).

*STORAGE-MEDIUM: Digitised data on disc mass storage.

*AVAILABILITY: Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale - OGS charged as National Oceanographic Data Center within the IOC's IODE System. The data are distributed to scientific community within the EU-MEDAR/MEDATLAS II data archives.

*COMPLETED-BY: A. Giorgetti (

*ENTRY-DATE: 2001-05-10

Available Data Sets
Cruise Ref Cruise Name Validated Location
IO48199595010 PRISMA 1/1 Yes Map
IO48199595011 PRISMA 1/2 Yes Map
IO48199595012 PRISMA 1/3 Yes Map
IO48199696005 PRISMA 1/4 Yes Map

Last update 18/09/2003

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