L4 surface nutrients data

The nutrient samples for L4 are taken weekly where the conditions allow it. They are sampled under clean conditions and returned in the cool and dark, and as soon as possible, to the laboratory in Plymouth where triplicate samples are analysed both for filtered (0.2µm Millipore Fluoropore) and non-filtered water. This gives us essentially 'live' results and the results are processed and up-loaded onto the internet as soon as possible after analysis. Samples are not stored or frozen unless there are extenuating circumstances making the live analysis impossible. The analyser is a 5-channel Bran and Luebbe segmented flow system using well tested methodologies, and the same as those used by the PML nutrient group in all their International Research cruises, and research programmes. As the samples are taken and stored for sometimes 2-3 hours before returning for analysis, and sometimes frozen, then the concentrations for Ammonium should be treated with care due to it being subject to storage and contamination problems. The Ammonium data should be viewed more as trends rather than highly accurate concentrations. Quality control procedures are carried out using KANSO certified reference materials, and also the group participates in the Quasimeme programme. This has been the protocol since 2007, and prior to that the samples were stored frozen and then analysed in batches. The L4 data record contains the surface values presented in graphical format here; depth profiles of nutrients at L4 are available since February 2012. To use these data please contact Malcolm Woodward (m.woodward@pml.ac.uk). Click here to download the data


Surface Nitrate data


Surface Nitrite data


Surface Phosphate data


Surface Silicate data

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