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Ocean Climatology of the North-West European Shelf

Available for download and use, the zip file and report presented on this page show a 30 year (1971-2000) temperature and salinity climatology for surface and near-bed regions of the NW European shelf seas.

The data have been extracted from data holdings at the ICES Data Centre and supplemented by additional records from the World Ocean Data Centre (WODC). From the original data, which are irregularly distributed in space and time, the mean monthly temperature and salinity are calculated, as well as the climatic mean annual cycle. The climatology presented here is an improvement upon all existing climatologies presented in the literature for this area; covering a wider area on a finer scale and including both the surface and near-bed distribution of both temperature and salinity.

We hope this will prove to be valuable to many users in the marine community and will be regularly updated and made available via the ICES Data Centre. We thank the report authors, Sarah Hughes and Barbara Berx, for producing this climatology and making it available through ICES.


Climatology data [Zip archive]

PDF report [PDF file]

High-resolution images [Zip archive]

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Ocean Climatology of the North-West European Shelf

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