Articles | Volume 5, issue 2
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 5, 375–383, 2013
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 5, 375–383, 2013

Review article 11 Dec 2013

Review article | 11 Dec 2013

Winter measurements of oceanic biogeochemical parameters in the Rockall Trough (2009–2012)

T. McGrath1,2, C. Kivimäe3, E. McGovern1, R. R. Cave2, and E. Joyce1 T. McGrath et al.
  • 1Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Galway, Ireland
  • 2Earth and Ocean Science, School of Natural Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • 3National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH, UK

Abstract. This paper describes the sampling and analysis of biogeochemical parameters collected in the Rockall Trough in January/February of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Sampling was carried out along two transects, one southern and one northern transect each year. Samples for dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and total alkalinity (TA) were taken alongside salinity, dissolved oxygen and dissolved inorganic nutrients (total-oxidized nitrogen, nitrite, phosphate and silicate) to describe the chemical signatures of the various water masses in the region. These were taken at regular intervals through the water column. The data are available on the CDIAC database,