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DescriptionTerms agreed within the EU SeaDataNet community to describe coarse-grained groupings of related measurement phenomena.
CreatorSeaDataNet
Modified2017-05-03
Version Info24
Identifier P03
Register Manager British Oceanographic Data Centre
Register Owner SeaDataNet
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Identifier PrefLabel Definition Date
D005 Acoustics This group contains parameter codes relating to the propagation of sound through seawater, such as signal amplitude, noise, signal return, travel time and sound velocity. 2003-06-10
Z005 Administration and dimensions This APG is primarily intended for parameters that specify the dimensions: x, y (e.g. latitude, longitude) z (e.g. height above sea level/sea floor, depth/pressure) t (e.g. date/time, elapsed time) However, there are other parameters, such as general purpose quality control flags, sequence numbers, platform orientation (heading)/velocity, sampling duration/quantity (e.g. volume filtered) that have been included in the BODC dictionary mapping. It is inevitable that a grouping such as this will become the final resting place for parameters that do not fit into any other existing APG. The mappings to this group therefore require periodical review. Note the potential for problems with confusion between pressure/depth as a z co-ordinate, as a sea level parameter (variation with time), or as a seafloor topography (bathymetry) measurement. Each of these should be assigned a different parameter if sensible grouping is to be possible. BODC currently has problems in this area that have been temporarily resolved by mapping ambiguous pressure/depth parameters into the Other Physical Oceanographic Measurements APG until the problems can be resolved as part of a planned future database restructure. 2003-06-10
C003 Amino acids This group contains parameters pertaining to amino acid concentrations. Amino acids are defined as carboxylic acids with an amino group at the alpha position. The grouping covers concentrations of these compounds in the water column (mass of amino acid per unit mass/volume of water) or their content in sediment or suspended particulate matter. The grouping does not include amino acid fluxes or rate variables, such as bacterial production by leucine uptake. 2003-06-10
H006 Aquaculture Datasets related to the process or industry of farming aquatic animal and plants. 2017-02-02
H007 Area Management/Designation Datasets related to the process of managing aquatic and coastal environments. 2017-02-02
M005 Atmospheric chemistry Parameters quantifying and characterising the solid, liquid and gaseous materials that make up the Earth's atmosphere 2010-04-20
B005 Bacteria and viruses This group incorporates all state variables pertaining to bacteria (Kingdom Monera)and viruses. Note that Monera includes both Phylum Bacteria and Phylum Cyanophycota (cyanobacteria but sometimes called blue-green algae). Most parameters in this group express the abundance, either as cell counts or biomass, of various types of bacteria or viruses. However, the group also includes parameters that describe any other property of these entities that are not rates or fluxes . Examples include cell size, cell volume and the proportion of the population associated with the particulate phase. 2003-06-10
B070 Biota abundance, biomass and diversity All parameters of any dimensionality (per unit volume, area or simply counts) quantifying the numbers, mass or diversity (species variation) of biota in water bodies, sediment or the atmosphere. 2011-07-27
B007 Biota composition This group contains all parameters relating to the composition of organisms or their constituent parts. It may include any analytical measurements on biological material, but is specifically designed for heavy metal and organic contaminant biota pollution monitoring data. 2004-04-30
B015 Birds, mammals and reptiles This group incorporates all variables pertaining to birds, mammals and reptiles, including abundance, biomass, biological function and state of health. 2010-05-04
H008 Cables Datasets related to the process or industry of deploying and maintaining communication and power cables. 2017-02-02
C005 Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus This group contains the state variable parameters pertaining to carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus that do not obviously belong in other groupings. Consequently, this grouping should be considered as an 'others' category and its contents should be periodically reviewed with a view to the creation of additional groupings should this be deemed necessary. In the case of carbon, parameters are split between this grouping and the Carbonate System APG. The latter are clearly defined and this group contains anything that is left. Current (May 2003) carbon parameters in this grouping from the BODC Parameter Dictionary include: Measurements of the calcite concentration in the water column expressed in terms of carbon concentration per unit volume/mass of water. Particulate organic (or total) carbon concentration. Dissolved organic carbon concentration. Total, organic and/or inorganic carbon content (mass carbon per unit mass of substrate) of sediment or suspended particulate material. For nitrogen, the parameters are split between this APG and Nutrients. Again, the latter is more clearly defined, leaving the rest for this grouping. Current (May 2003) nitrogen parameters in this grouping from the BODC Parameter Dictionary include: Particulate nitrogen ("PON") concentration. Dissolved total nitrogen. Nitrogen content of sediment. For phosphorus, the parameters are again split between this APG and Nutrients, which is the more clearly defined. Current (May 2003) phosphorus parameters in this grouping from the BODC Parameter Dictionary include: Particulate total and organic phosphorus concentration. Dissolved total phosphorus. Phosphorus content of sediment or SPM. 2003-06-10
C010 Carbonate system This group incorporates the state variables that describe the concentration of dissolved inorganic carbon and the status of the equilibrium between this and the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration. These are: Carbon dioxide partial pressure/fugacity. Total alkalinity. pH Dissolved inorganic carbon (TCO 2 ) The group also includes parameters that are essential for the interpretation of the data, such as the temperature at which a parameter was collected or to which it has been recalculated. 2003-06-10
H002 Construction and structures Parameters describing the nature and impact of coastal and offshore man-made objects and the process of creating them. 2008-01-30
M015 Cryosphere This group incorporates all parameters pertaining to frozen precipitation, lying snow and ice, permafrost, icebergs, glaciers and ice caps. 2006-02-28
H009 Cultural Heritage Datasets related to the process of managing cultural and historical artifacts. 2017-02-02
D030 Currents This APG contains all parameters pertaining to the measurement of: Eulerian currents Lagrangian currents (except drifter position) Vertical currents River flow velocity 2006-06-28
D010 Currents, sea level and wavesDEPRECATED This APG contains all parameters pertaining to the measurement of: Eulerian currents Lagrangian currents (except drifter position) Vertical currents River flow velocity Wave height Wave period Wave direction Wave energy spectra Sea level relative to a terrestrial datum Water column height at a fixed location 2006-06-28
B060 Disease, damage and mortality Parameters pertaining to all types of diseases, infections, poisonings and physical damage in any type of biota. 2008-12-09
C015 Dissolved gases This group incorporates dissolved gas concentrations and/or saturations, excluding: Gases that are incorporated into the water column through chemical reaction and quantified as the products of the reaction, such as ammonia and carbon dioxide. Gases that belong to other chemical-type APGs. For example, methane parameters are placed in the Hydrocarbons APG and not Dissolved Gases. Gases are defined as substances with a boiling point below 50 °C at atmospheric pressure (terrestrial conditions extreme limit). The group also includes: Parameters collected by instruments making in-situ measurements of dissolved gas concentration, such as oxygen membrane current and temperature. Parameters required for data standardisation, such as oxygen fixation temperature. Parameters required for the interpretation of gas concentration parameters, such as the temperature and pressure at which the concentration has been calculated if these differ from the in-situ conditions for the sample. This APG should represents dissolved gases that do not fit in any other category and consequently its contents should be periodically reviewed to see if further classes need to be specified. 2003-06-10
H010 Energy Datasets related to the process or industry of electrical power generation. 2017-02-02
C017 Fatty acids This group incorporates the parameters relating to the fatty acid content of sediment or suspended particulate material. Contents are expressed either as 'concentrations' (SPM fatty acid per unit volume of water) or 'contents' (quantity of fatty acid per unit mass of sediment or SPM). Fatty acids are considered as the naturally occurring continuous chain, saturated and unsaturated aliphatic acids. In their ester form these are the constituents of the fats, waxes and oils of plants and animals. Simpler carboxylic acids with an alkyl or alkenyl group, sometimes loosely termed 'fatty acids' are not included. 2003-06-10
GPYS Field geophysics In-situ measurements of physical phenomena designed to elucidate the composition and structure of underlying geological units 2010-10-22
B020 Fish This group incorporates all state variables pertaining to fish, such as abundance, biomass and fisheries data. 2003-06-10
H004 Fisheries Parameters related to any aspect of the taking of water-living fauna from the wild 2008-12-09
O005 Fluxes This group contains parameter codes that relate to the rate of transfer of material across real or virtual interfaces. The current (May 2003) BODC Parameter Dictionary includes two types of flux: Vertical fluxes of mass, chemical species and biological entities through the water column (sediment trap fluxes). Fluxes of chemical species between the water column and the underlying sediment, including sediment oxygen demand. However, other categories, such as the estuary discharge fluxes, are envisaged in the future. Note that this APG has been given 'priority' status to enable modellers to easily ascertain the extent of rate variable availability. Flux parameters are included in this APG in preference to any other APG that might seem appropriate. 2003-06-10
G030 Geochronology and stratigraphy Parameters pertaining to the absolute and stratigraphic age of rocks (including speleotherms) and unlithified sediment. 2010-10-01
GTHM Geothermal measurements Parameters pertaining to the distribution of the degree of hotness in geologic units (including bodies of unconsolidated sediment), heat transfer in the Earth and the thermal properties of rocks, minerals and sediments. 2010-10-01
G005 Gravity, magnetics and bathymetry Parameters related to the strength and characteristics of the Earth's magnetic and gravity fields and the spatial variation in water body depth. 2010-10-01
B050 Habitat Grouping of parameters that characterise, spatially define, label or classify places where organisms are found. 2008-02-20
C020 Halocarbons (including freons) Parameters concerning all compounds of carbon covalently bonded to and one or members of the halogen group (fluorine, chlorine, bromine or iodine) but with no other functional groups. It includes naturally generated compounds (usually short-chain haloalkanes and haloalkenes), man-made freons and contaminants such as organochlorine pesticides. 2010-07-02
H005 Human activityDEPRECATED Parameters quantifying the level of any type of human activity, generally in the context of environmental considerations 2017-02-02
H011 Hydrocarbon extraction Datasets related to the process or industry of locating and extracting hydrocarbon compounds from underground sources. 2017-02-02
C025 Hydrocarbons This group contains parameter codes describing the concentrations of the compounds of carbon and hydrogen. All compounds conforming to this definition are placed in this APG, including aromatic compounds, even polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons traditionally categorised as 'pollutants'. This is to circumvent problems deciding which hydrocarbons are pollutants and which are not. 2003-06-10
G025 Igneous and metamorphic rock geochemistry and geochronologyDEPRECATED This APG includes all geochemical and parameters for igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks and high-temperature mineral deposits. Age parameters include parameters relating to both geochemical and stratigraphic techniques. 2007-09-24
C030 Isotopes This group contains parameter codes relating to the abundance of both radioactive and stable isotopes. All types of substrate are included - water, SPM, sediment and biological material. 2003-06-10
B055 Macroalgae and seagrass Parameters pertaining to plants in the taxonomic groups Rhodophycota, Chromphycota and Chlorophycota (seaweeds/macroalgae) and Charophyta plus Anthophyta (seagrass) 2008-12-09
C035 Metal and metalloid concentrations Parameters pertaining to metal and trace metalloid (i.e. excluding Si) concentrations in any material. 2008-09-12
M010 Meteorology Physical phenomena and properties of the atmosphere including air temperature, air pressure, humidity, precipitation, wind velocity and radiation. 2010-09-28
B025 Microzooplankton This group incorporates all state variables pertaining to microzooplankton, defined as heterotrophic organisms smaller than 200 microns in length. The term covers organisms sometimes referred to as picozooplankton or nanozooplankton. Most parameters express the abundance, either as cell counts or biomass, of various types of microzooplankton, but may include other properties such as cell volume. Rates (including grazing parameters) and fluxes are not included here (see Rates and Fluxes APGs). 2003-06-10
H012 Mining Datasets related to the process or industry of locating and extracting coal or other minerals. 2017-02-02
C040 Nutrients This group contains parameter codes describing the concentrations of the substances that provide the essential basic elements - nitrogen, phosphorus and silicon - to the phytoplankton. The species covered are: Nitrogen - nitrate, nitrite, ammonium and urea. Phosphorus - orthophosphate Silicon - hydrosilicic acid, commonly termed 'silicate'. The grouping also covers uncalibrated analytical or in-situ instrument outputs, such as monochromatic optical absorbances at the appropriate wavelengths for nutrient determination. 2003-06-10
D015 Optical properties This APG contains parameters pertaining to the optical properties of seawater. Assigning parameters to this group encounters two areas of difficulty. Optical techniques, such as transmissometers and nephelometers, are used to quantify SPM concentration. The 'usual' parameter for transmissometer measurements is optical attenuance (or its natural log), which is clearly an optical property. Consequently, attenuance, percentage transmission and their precursor voltages have been included in this APG. However, the usual calibrated parameter from a nephelometer is turbidity, which is clearly more closely related to the suspended load of the water column. Consequently, nephelometer parameters, including raw voltages, have been included in the Suspended Particulate Matter APG. Light intensity, such as downwelling irradiance, may be measured by sensors placed either above or below the surface of the water. It might be argued that the latter belonged in the Meteorology APG. However, some irradiance records include measurements both above and below the sea surface to quantify light loss across the air-sea interface. Consequently, both surface and subsurface irradiance have been placed in the Optical Properties APG. 2003-06-10
B027 Other biological measurements This is a 'safety net' category to cover biological parameters that cannot be mapped to other Agreed Parameter Groups. It should be regarded as a transitional grouping: if a significant number of related parameters map to this group then the creation of an additional group should be discussed and agreed. The following parameters within the BODC Parameter Dictionary currently (May 2003) fall into this category. Specimen length (mean and standard deviation) Exuvia Growth coefficient and standard error Algal fragment abundance Total plankton abundance Pollen abundance Fungal spore abundance Transparent exopolymer particle abundance Genetic parameters such as RuBisCO hybridisation 2003-06-10
C045 Other inorganic chemical measurements This is a 'safety net' category to cover inorganic chemical parameters that cannot be mapped to other Agreed Parameter Groups. It should be regarded as a transitional grouping: if a significant number of related parameters map to this group then the creation of an additional group should be discussed and agreed. The following parameters within the BODC Parameter Dictionary currently (May 2003) fall into this category. Non-metal concentrations in the water column, suspended particulate material and sediment. Element distribution coefficients between dissolved and particulate phases. Thermodynamic data such as ligand binding strengths. Redox potentials. Uncalibrated analytical instrument output, such as XRF counts for element-specific peaks. 2003-06-10
C050 Other organic chemical measurements This is a 'safety net' category to cover organic chemical parameters that cannot be mapped to other Agreed Parameter Groups. It should be regarded as a transitional grouping: if a significant number of related parameters map to this group then the creation of an additional group should be discussed and agreed. The following parameters within the BODC Parameter Dictionary currently (May 2003) fall into this category. Alkenones, alkanols and alkenoate concentrations. Organometallic compound and ligand, such as dimethyl arsenic and Fe-organic ligand, concentrations. Organosulphur compound, such as dimethyl sulphoxide and DMSP, concentrations. Note that dimethyl sulphide has been categorised as a dissolved gas. Biomarker compound, such as DNA, RNA and ATP, concentrations. Carbohydrate concentrations. Protein concentrations. Amine concentrations. 2003-06-10
D020 Other physical oceanographic measurements This is a 'safety net' category to cover physical oceanographic parameters that cannot be mapped to other Agreed Parameter Groups. It should be regarded as a transitional grouping: if a significant number of related parameters map to this group then the creation of an additional group should be discussed and agreed. The following parameters within the BODC Parameter Dictionary currently (May 2003) fall into this category. Parameters derived from temperature and salinity, such as density anomaly and Brunt-Vaisala frequency. The volume to mass (litres to kilograms) conversion parameter. Parameters measured by in-situ turbulence probes (e.g. FLY probe), such as temperature dissipation rate, turbulent kinetic energy dissipation and diffusivity. The BODC parameters 'PRES' (sea pressure in decibars) and 'ADEP' (depth in metres) are also included in this group. This is because there is an ambiguity problem with these parameters assigned to both measurements of tidal height by water level recorders (obviously Currents, Sea Level and Waves APG) and to the 'z' spatial co-ordinate for CTD and radiosonde data (obviously Administration and Dimensions APG). This problem will be addressed in a planned future restructuring of the BODC database by setting up and applying two separate codes. Pressure channels in current meter records pose additional problems as the data may either be used as a measure of tidal height or to monitor the depth of the instrument, looking primarily for knockdown. Current thinking is to assign the 'tidal height' pressure code in this case as the pressure record rarely provides an accurate estimate of the instrument's 'z' co-ordinate. 2003-06-10
C055 PCBs and organic micropollutants This group is designed to bring together parameters pertaining to concentrations of extremely toxic organic chemicals in air, water, SPM, sediment or biological material. It has been set up as an alternative miscellaneous APG to 'Other Organic Chemical Measurements' to assist searches for environmentally significant substances. The inclusion of a parameter in this grouping has to be subjective to some extent. The following types of substance have been included for the current (May 2003) version of the BODC Parameter Dictionary. Polychlorobiphenols (PCBs) Pesticides Herbicides Anti-fouling agents 2003-06-10
H003 Palaeoclimate Measurements and parameterisations from which the climatic conditions in the recent or geological past may be determined or described. 2008-06-30
B030 Phytoplankton and microphytobenthos Parameters related to autotrophic organisms smaller than 200 microns that are free-floating in water bodies, live in sediment or on the seabed. 2015-02-03
B035 Pigments This group incorporates plant pigment concentration parameters and uncalibrated readings from instruments that make in-situ pigment measurements, such as fluorometer voltages. The grouping includes measurements on pigments in the particulate phase of the water column (expressed as pigment mass per unit volume/mass of water), pigments in sediment (expressed as pigment mass per unit mass or volume of sediment) and zooplankton gut pigment contents (expressed as pigment mass per individual). 2003-06-10
H013 Pipelines Datasets related to the process or industry of deploying and maintaining pipelines. 2017-02-02
H001 Pollution Parameters describing the abundance, nature and impact of material added to the environment by the activities of man. 2017-02-02
O010 Rate measurements (including production, excretion and grazing) This group contains parameter codes that relate to the rate of change of quantity of any chemical species or biological entity. Rates mey be the result of biological (e.g. production), chemical (e.g. photochemical degradation) or biogeochemical (e.g. particulate phase metal uptake rate) processes. The current (May 2003) BODC Parameter Dictionary includes the following types of rate: Primary production ( 14 C uptake rate) Photosynthesis kinetics (P:I experiments) New/regenerated ( 15 N) production Calcification Nitrification Nutrient uptake rates Bacterial production, including thymidine/leucine uptake Metal uptake rates Egg production rates Bacterial and phytoplankton grazing rates Food clearance rates Chemical photoproduction and degradation rates DOC production/uptake DMS/DMSP/DMSO dynamics Excretion and faecal pellet production rates Oxygen/DIC production/respiration Hydrolysis rates Growth efficiency/rates Sulphate reduction rates Some experimental condition parameters, such as incubation temperatures and durations, are also included. Note that this APG has been given 'priority' status to enable modellers to easily ascertain the extent of rate variable availability. Rate parameters are included in this APG in preference to any other APG that might seem appropriate. 2003-06-10
G055 Rock and sediment biota Parameters pertaining to flora, fauna and their fossil remains in rocks and unlithified sediment. Includes zoobenthos, phytobenthos and palaeontology. 2007-09-24
G035 Rock and sediment chemistry Parameters pertaining to the chemistry (including isotopic composition) of rocks (including speleotherms) and unlithified sediment. 2007-09-24
G045 Rock and sediment lithology and mineralogy Parameters pertaining to the petrological characterisation and component minerals of rocks (including speleotherms) and unlithified sediment. 2007-09-24
G040 Rock and sediment physical properties Parameters pertaining to the physical properties of rocks (including speleotherms) and unlithified sediment. 2007-09-24
GSED Rock and sediment sedimentology Parameters pertaining to the sedimentological characterisation (e.g. structure, formation) of rocks (including speleothems) and unlithified sediment 2010-09-28
H014 Salt extraction Datasets related to the process or industry of extracting salt from saltwater. 2017-02-02
D032 Sea level This APG contains all parameters pertaining to the measurement of: Sea level relative to a terrestrial datum Water column height at a fixed location 2006-06-28
G050 Sediment pore water chemistry Parameters pertaining to the chemistry of the interstitial pore waters in unlithified sediments. 2007-09-24
G010 Sediment propertiesDEPRECATED This group includes parameters pertaining to the physical properties of sediment. 'Sediment' can include both bottom and suspended particulate material if the property is equally applicable whether or not the sediment is in suspension. This category will inevitably end up as a 'catch all' for sediment parameters that cannot be mapped to other APGs, and consequently its composition should be periodically reviewed. The BODC Parameter Dictionary currently (May 2003) includes the following types of parameter in this grouping: Sediment cohesive strength (e.g. erosion stress and shear velocity). Mineralogy (including organic matter content). Dating and accumulation rate. Porosity and water content Grain size and density. Magnetic susceptibility and resistivity. 2007-09-24
G020 Sedimentary rock geochemistry and geochronologyDEPRECATED This APG covers geochemical and age data collected from fully lithified sediments (i.e. sedimentary rocks), water-deposited minerals (e.g. tufa and speleothems) and hard biological deposits (e.g. coral reefs). The group includes both geochemical and stratigraphic geochronological parameters 2007-09-24
G060 Sedimentation and erosion processes Parameters pertaining to the removal and deposition of unlithified sediments. 2007-09-24
G012 Sonar and seismics Parameters associated with determination of sub-floor structure based on the propogation of acoustic energy and acoustic imaging of the sea floor. 2010-10-01
G015 Suspended particulate material Parameters pertaining to material in suspension within water bodies. 2010-10-01
T001 Terrestrial This APG contains parameters related to the characterisation of the land surface. These are usually, but not exclusively, determined by remote sensing techniques. Data types falling within the scope of the group are: Land surface temperature Land vegetation Vertical currents Terrestrial water content Terrestrial mapping and the geo-location of features such as coastlines 2006-06-28
H015 Tourism Datasets related to the process or industry of tourism including activities and facilities or installations. 2017-02-02
H016 Transport Datasets related to the process or industry of transport including activities and facilities or installations. 2017-02-02
UWPH Underwater photography Still or video digital images taken below the surface of the water column 2009-04-20
D025 Water column temperature and salinity This APG includes the parameters associated with the in-situ measurement of water column temperature (including potential temperature) and salinity (including conductivity). Parameters derived from either temperature or salinity (but not temperature AND salinity), such as temperature gradient or temperature variance, are also included. 2005-04-04
D034 Waves This APG contains all parameters pertaining to the measurement of: Wave height Wave period Wave direction Wave energy spectra 2006-06-28
B040 ZoobenthosDEPRECATED This group contains state variables for animals, other than fish, that live on the sea floor or in the sediment. Most parameters pertain to the abundance, expressed as numbers or biomass per unit area of sea floor, of species, genera or less rigorous groupings of animals. However any other properties of these entities that are not rates or fluxes could be included. 2007-09-24
B045 Zooplankton This group incorporates all state variables pertaining to zooplankton, which are defined for the purposes of this grouping as any heterotrophic organisms in the water column that are not mammals, reptiles or fish. Most parameters in this group express the abundance, either as cell counts or biomass, of various types of zooplankton. However, the group also includes parameters that describe any other property of these entities that are not rates or fluxes , such as the concentrations of faecal pellets or eggs in the water column or sediment. 2003-06-10
INAZ inapplicable There is no appropriate value. 2017-05-02