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Dataset Name
CTD station data collected in the Southern Adriatic Sea during the Italian PRISMA programme, Phase 1 (1995-1996)
Data Holding Centre
OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale), Division of Oceanography
Time Period
From May 1995 to February 1996 (four seasonal cruise)
Start Date
End Date
PRISMA - National Research Program for the Adriatic Sea

Geographic Area

Parallel transects over the steep continental slope of the Southern Adriatic Basin (the Gargano transects), and at the southern opening to the Ionian Sea (the Otranto transects)
Geographic Box (south,north,west,east)
39, 15, 20, 42
Sea Area
Mediterranean Sea
Ionian Sea
Adriatic Sea


Air pressure
Air temperature
Atmospheric humidity
Variable fluorescence parameters
Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column
Wind strength and direction
Salinity of the water column
Secchi disk depth
Temperature of the water column
discrete water samplers


Four multidisciplinary seasonal hydrological surveys with CTD casts and water sampling were conducted every three months (May, August, November 1995, and February 1996) in the framework of PRISMA sub-project 'Longitudinal fluxes' in the Northern Adriatic, in the Central Adriatic and in the Southern Adriatic respectively. The main objective was the study of the seasonal time-scale variability of the water and the biogeochemical fluxes, through four significant transversal sections of the Adriatic Sea. Water sampling for the determination of nutrients and dissolved/particulate elements were collected, contemporary with marine currents measurements both by mooring arrays of currentmeters and ship-mounted ADCP current profiles. The original CTD data were processed, controlled and analysed by the originators who hold the principal quality control responsibility. The high resolution vertical profiles of each station were averaged over 1 dbar pressure interval. The salinity has been computed according to the 1978 Practical Salinity Scale. The averaged data are stored per cruise and ship (institution). The entire data set comprises 956 vertical profiles and includes data supplied by three institutions: - Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale - OGS, Trieste, Italy (Gargano and Otranto transects); - CNR, Istituto di Scienze Marine (Sezione di Ancona), Italy (Giulianova transects); - CNR, Istituto di Scienze Marine (Sezione di Venezia), Italy (Rimini transects). The Southern Adriatic data set comprises 548 vertical prifiles related to four seasonal cruises by OGS, Trieste.
OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale), Division of Oceanography
Thermohaline properties and circulation patterns in the Southern Adriatic Sea from May 1995 to February 1996, In: 1998-06-01, Manca, B., and A. Giorgetti, Atti del 12 Congresso dell'Associazione Italiana di Oceanologia e Limnologia 399-414. "
Flow patterns of the main water masses across transversal areas in the Southern Adriatic Sea: seasonal variability, In: The Eastern Mediterranean as a Laboratory Basin for the Assessment of Contrasting Ecosystem 1999-06-01, Manca, B., and A. Giorgetti, Kluwer Accademic Publishers. 495-506
Seasonal Variability of the Hydrography in the Adriatic Sea: Water Mass Properties and Circulation. In: Mediterranean Ecosystems: Structure and Processes, F.M. Faranda, L.Guglielmo, G.Spezie 2001-06-01, Manca, B., P. Franco, E. Paschini, Springer-Verlag Italia, ISBN 88-470-0114-5


OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale), Division of Oceanography
Mosetti R.
OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale), Division of Oceanography
Sgonico (Trieste)


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Creation Date
Revision Date

Associated datasets

Associated datasets
Id Name Roscop Code Start Date End Date
461 PRISMA 1/1 IO48199595002 5/14/95 5/24/95
462 PRISMA 1/2 IO48199595003 8/5/95 8/12/95
463 PRISMA 1/4 IO48199696001 2/17/96 2/28/96
464 PRISMA 1/3 IO48199595004 10/23/95 11/3/95