North Sea - Contaminants aggregated datasets 1970/2017 v2018

EMODnet Chemistry aims to provide access to marine chemistry data sets and derived data products concerning eutrophication, ocean acidification and contaminants. The chemicals chosen reflect importance to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). This regional aggregated dataset contains all unrestricted EMODnet Chemistry data on contaminants (59 parameters), and covers the North Sea with 34978 CDI records divided per matrices: 3909 biota time series, 28071 water profiles, 2998 sediment profiles. Vertical profiles temporal range is from 1970-02-17 to 2017-10-26. Time series temporal range is from 1979-02-26 to 2017-02-28. Data were aggregated and quality controlled by ‘Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, Marine Ecology Roskilde from Denmark.
Regional datasets concerning contaminants are automatically harvested. Parameter names in these datasets are based on P01, BODC Parameter Usage Vocabulary, which is available at: . Each measurement value has a quality flag indicator. The resulting data collections for each Sea Basin are harmonised, and the collections are quality controlled by EMODnet Chemistry Regional Leaders using ODV Software and following a common methodology for all Sea Regions. Harmonisation means that: (1) unit conversion is carried out to express contaminant concentrations with a limited set of measurement units (according to EU directives 2013/39/UE; Comm. Dec. EU 2017/848) and (2) merging of variables described by different “local names” ,but corresponding exactly to the same concepts in BODC P01 vocabulary. The harmonised dataset can be downloaded as ODV spreadsheet (TXT file), which is composed of metadata header followed by tab separated values. This worksheet can be imported to ODV Software for visualisation (More information can be found at: ). The same dataset is offered also as XLSX file in a long/vertical format, in which each P01 measurement is a record line. Additionally, there are a series of columns that split P01 terms in subcomponents (measure, substance, CAS number, matrix...).This transposed format is more adapted to worksheet applications users (e.g. LibreOffice Calc). The 59 parameter names in this metadata record are based on P02, SeaDataNet Parameter Discovery Vocabulary, which is available at: . Detailed documentation will be published soon. The original datasets can be searched and downloaded from EMODnet Chemistry Download Service:

Metadata Access
Publisher Blue-Cloud Data Discovery & Access service; EMODnet Chemistry
Contributor Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, Marine Ecology Roskilde; Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute; Elbe River Water Authority; EMODnet Chemistry; Environment Agency Head Office; Environment Agency Solent and South Downs Area Office; Environment Agency South East Regional Office; Environment Agency South West Regional Office; Environment Agency Wales; Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG); Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency; Federal Research Centre for Fisheries (Cuxhaven); Federal Research Centre for Fisheries (Hamburg); Finnish Institute of Marine Research (FIMR); Flanders Marine Institute; Geological Survey of Sweden, SGU; German Hydrographic Institute; GKSS Research Center; Ifremer / VIGIES (Information Valuation Service for Integrated Management and Monitoring); IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute - Stockholm; Lower Saxony Water Management, Coastal Defense and Nature Conservation Agency; Marine Institute; Plymouth Marine Laboratory; Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory; Rijkswaterstaat Water, Traffic and Environment; Senckenberg by the Sea, Wilhelmshaven; State Agency for Nature and Environment of Schleswig Holstein (LANU); State Office for Water Economy and Shore, Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel; State Office of Ecology of Lower Saxony; University of Plymouth, Institute of Marine Studies; Weser River Management Bureau
Publication Year 2022
OpenAccess true
Contact blue-cloud-support(at)
Discipline Marine Science
Spatial Coverage (-13.705W, 48.034S, 12.750E, 61.205N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 1970-02-17T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2017-10-26T00:00:00Z