Western Channel Observatory

NERC National Capability of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Marine Biological Association


E1 depth resolved nutrients data

The nutrient samples for E1 are taken fortnightly 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 (0.2┬Ám 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 E1 data record contains depth resolved values, the surface values are presented in graphical format here. To use these data please contact Malcolm Woodward (m.woodward@pml.ac.uk). Click here to download the data. Historical data from E1, extracted from the NOWESP database are available for the period between 1934 - 1987. Click here to download the data.


Surface Nitrate data


Surface Nitrite data


Surface Phosphate data


Surface Silicate data

About Us

The WCO is a partnership between the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Marine Biological Association.

How are we funded?

The core work of the WCO is funded as part of the UK Natural Environment Research Council's National Capability.

Contact Information

For more details about the WCO please contact:

Dr Tim Smyth
Western Channel Observatory
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Prospect Place
email: tjsm@pml.ac.uk