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https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2019-136
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Submitted as: data description paper 03 Sep 2019

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Dissolved Inorganic Nutrients in the Western Mediterranean Sea (2004–2017)

Malek Belgacem1,2, Jacopo Chiggiato1, Mireno Borghini1, Bruno Pavoni2, Gabriella Cerrati3, Francesco Acri1, Stefano Cozzi4, Alberto Ribotti5, Marta Alvarez6, Siv K. Lauvset7,8, and Katrin Schroeder1 Malek Belgacem et al.
  • 1CNR-ISMAR, Arsenale Tesa 104, Castello 2737/F, 30122 Venezia, Italy
  • 2Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali Informatica e Statistica, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Campus Scientifico Mestre, Italy
  • 3ENEA, Department of Sustainabiliy, S. Teresa, Marine Environmental center, 19032 Pozzuolo di Lerici (SP), Italy
  • 4CNR-ISMAR, Area Science Park–Basovizza, 34149 Trieste, Italy
  • 5CNR-IAS, Loc. Sa Mardini snc, Torregrande,9170 Oristano, Italy
  • 6Instituto Español de Oceanografía, IEO, A Coruña, Spain
  • 7NORCE Norwegian Research Centre, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, 5007 Bergen, Norway
  • 8Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, 5007 Bergen, Norway

Abstract. Long-term time-series are a fundamental prerequisite to understand and detect climate shifts and trends. Understanding the complex interplay of changing ocean variables and the biological implication for marine ecosystems requires extensive data collection for monitoring and hypothesis testing and validation of modelling products. In marginal seas, such as Mediterranean Sea, there are still monitoring gaps, both in time and in space. To contribute filling these gaps, an extensive dataset of dissolved inorganic nutrients profiles (nitrate, NO3; phosphate, PO43−; and silicate, SiO2) have been collected between 2004 and 2017 in the Western Mediterranean Sea and subjected to quality control techniques to provide to the scientific community a publicly available, long-term, quality controlled, internally consistent biogeochemical data product. The database includes 870 stations of dissolved inorganic nutrients sampled during 24 cruises, including temperature and salinity. Details of the quality control (primary and secondary quality control) applied are reported. The data are available in PANGAEA (https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.904172, Belgacem et al. 2019).

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Quality controlled dataset of dissolved inorganic nutrients in the western Mediterranean Sea (2004-2017) from R/V oceanographic cruises M. Belgacem, J. Chiggiato, M. Borghini, B. Pavoni, G. Cerrati, F. Acri, S. Cozzi, A. Ribotti, M. Álvarez, S. K. Lauvset, and K. Schroeder https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.904172

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Long-term time-series are a fundamental prerequisite to understand and detect climate shifts and trends. In marginal seas, such as Mediterranean Sea, there are still monitoring gaps. An extensive dataset of dissolved inorganic nutrients profiles have been collected between 2004 and 2017 in the Western Mediterranean Sea to provide to the scientific community a publicly available, long-term, quality controlled, internally consistent new database.
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