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It is close to the deadline for conducting research on a research vessel for the Irish Sea (one month left). I'm currently a student and would like some descriptive observational data/variables needed to account for when recording measurements from CTD (conductivity, Temperature, Depth) and ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profile) instruments. For both CTD and ADCP, what do I need from these devices to create a general log sheet suitable for all students (my crew) to record during the trip.

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This answer might be a bit late but here are some common metadata variables that get recorded:

For a CTD:

  • Operator
  • Date and time
  • Start and end co-ordinates of station
  • Station Number
  • Sample depths (assuming you'll also be collecting water samples)
    • Here you can also record what the water samples are used for i.e. salinities, chemistry etc
  • Sea state
  • Vessel
  • File name

For the ADCP:

  • Start and end co-ordinates
  • Date and time
  • ADCP type
  • Set-up (sampling frequency, bin size)
  • Vessel
  • Operator
  • File name
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