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ID Preferred Label Definition Date
ASAM Acoustic backscatter in the water column Includes all parameters covering the strength of acoustic signal return, including absolute measurements of returning signal strength as well as parameters expressed as backscatter (the proportion of transmitted signal returned) 2004-06-28
NOYS Acoustic noise in the water column 2003-06-10
ACSR Active seismic refraction Parameters quantifying the magnitude of earth movements resulting from artificial sources (such as explosions) far away from the measurement site. 2010-02-21
ADUN Administrative units Parameters (including geometries, labels and categorizations) relating to areas where authorities have and-or excercise specific rights or obligations. 2012-07-17
CAPH Air pressure Measurements of air pressure as the dependent variable (ie excluding air pressure measured to specify the z co-ordinate of a balloon or sonde), including derived parameters such as tendency (rate of change) and related parameters such as air density. 2007-02-23
CDTA Air temperature Parameters quantifying the degree of hotness of the atmosphere. Specifically excludes indirect measurements of other parameters such as wet bulb temperatures. 2008-11-04
ALKY Alkalinity, acidity and pH of the water column Parameters quantifying the hydrogen ion concentration in water bodies 2008-08-15
HAAC Amino acids in sediment Parameters quantifying the amount of organic compounds containing both a carboxyl group and an amino group in unlithified seabed material. 2008-12-09
AMON Ammonium and ammonia concentration parameters in water bodies Ammonium and ammonia concentration parameters (including statistical parameters such as standard deviation) in any body of fresh or salt water. 2015-11-16
ATDP Atmospheric deposition rates Fluxes of chemical species from the atmosphere to sea or land surface including precipitation and aerosol deposition but excluding fluxes due to exchange of gases 2006-07-07
ATEM Atmospheric emissions Parameters quantifying and describing the release of substances into the atmosphere as a result of human activity 2008-12-09
CHUM Atmospheric humidity Parameters that either quantify the water content of moist air or are specifically used in its determination (eg wet bulb air temperature) 2004-08-18
ATPC Atmospheric particulates Parameters quantifying and categorising the particulate phases (solids and aerosols) of the atmosphere, excluding chemical composition 2006-05-26
ATVS Atmospheric visibility and transparency Parameters relating to atmospheric clarity, such as optical transmittance/attenuance, and resultant visibility 2006-05-26
BATT Bacteria environmental parameters 2003-06-10
BNUC Bacteria generic abundance in sediment Any enumeration of bacteria (Kingdom Monera so includes cyanobacteria) designated by terms other than taxonomic names (e.g. total) in any soil or sediment. 2010-10-22
BNTX Bacteria generic abundance in water bodies Any enumeration of bacteria (Kingdom Monera so includes cyanobacteria) designated by terms other than taxonomic names (e.g. total) in any body of fresh or salt water. 2010-10-22
BABI Bacteria in biota Parameters relating to the abundance and nature of bacteria (Kingdom Monera) infecting other biota. 2008-01-30
CBCC Bacteria morphology and physiology Parameters describing the size, shape or physiological activity of bacteria, defined as Kingdom Monera (includes cyanobacteria). Includes parameters both parameters mapped to taxa and those mapped to non-taxonomic groupings. 2004-04-14
BNTC Bacteria non taxonomy-related biomass expressed as carbon per unit volume of the water column Basically any bacteria carbon biomass parameters that aren't included in parameter group BATC because they cannot be mapped to specific taxa in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. Bacteria are defined as Kingdom Monera, which includes cyanobacteria. 2017-07-17
BPBP Bacteria non taxonomy-related biomass expressed as protein per unit volume of the water column 2003-06-10
BAUC Bacteria taxonomic abundance in sediment Any enumeration of bacteria (Kingdom Monera so includes cyanobacteria) designated by taxonomic names (e.g. species, genus, family) in any soil or sediment. 2010-10-22
BATX Bacteria taxonomic abundance in water bodies Any enumeration of bacteria (Kingdom Monera so includes cyanobacteria) designated by taxonomic names (e.g. species, genus, family) in any body of fresh or salt water. 2010-10-22
BDWC Bacteria taxonomy-related ash-free dry weight biomass in sediment Bacteria ash-free dry weight biomass in sediment parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. The taxa may be at any taxonomic level from sub-species upwards. Bacteria are defined as all taxa that fall into Kingdom Monera in the ITIS taxonomy, which includes cyanobacteria. 2017-07-17
BATC Bacteria taxonomy-related biomass expressed as carbon per unit volume of the water column Bacteria carbon biomass parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. These may be at any taxonomic level from sub-species upwards. Bacteria are defined as all taxa that fall into Kingdom Monera in the ITIS taxonomy, which includes cyanobacteria. 2017-07-17
TBGZ Bacterial consumption in the water column 2004-08-19
GREF Bacterial growth 2004-08-19
UPTH Bacterial production in the water column Parameters related to bacterial production determination by measurement of dissolved organic molecule (e.g. leucine, thymidine) uptake rates 2005-04-27
MBAN Bathymetry and Elevation Depth of the water column or elevation of land surface relative to sea surface, geoid or other datum 2006-09-29
BLIT Beach litter abundance Parameters describing the abundance and nature of debris released on coastlines. 2018-09-06
BEPP Benthic primary production Parameters associated with the quantification of primary production by plants living on (e.g. corals, seaweed and seagrass) or in (e.g. benthic diatoms) the seabed. Primary production is defined as the fixation of carbon dioxide into either organic or inorganic carbon by living entities and so includes photosynthesis and calcification. 2015-02-03
GP010 Bioassay and contaminant biological impact Parameters describing the effects of substances on living organisms. 2008-12-09
BDRV Biodiversity indices Parameters describing the variety of entity types encountered in a population of living organisms 2011-07-26
EXUV Biological detritus in the water column suspended particulate material Parameters quantifying and categorising biological detritus (eg exuvia and faecal pellets) in the water column that have been derived from the water column 2004-08-18
BLUM Bioluminescence parameters Parameters describing the nature and intensity of light generated by biological activity in the water column. 2007-09-24
LIBI Biota lipid concentrations Lipids are defined as small water-insoluble biomolecules including fats, fatty acids, esters, sterols, isoprenoid compounds, etc.. Biota includes any type of sample originating from a living organism. 2012-03-01
GP088 Bird behaviour Parameters describing the actions or reactions of birds (Class Aves), usually in response to the environment. Includes both parameters mapped to taxa and those mapped to non-taxonomic groupings. 2008-12-09
BRDA Bird counts Parameters quantifying the number of birds (Class Aves) in a survey but not expressed per unit area. Includes presence/absence indicators. 2014-03-26
GP004 Bird reproduction Parameters related to the reproduction of birds (Class Aves) 2008-12-09
BRDD Bird taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of surface Bird (Class Aves) abundance per unit area (of land or sea) presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS.These may be at any taxonomic level from sub-species upwards. 2017-07-17
CBSD Carbon concentrations in sediment Concentrations of total, organic and inorganic carbon per unit weight of sediment. Sediment is understood to be the solid phase of the bed, including the recently settled material sometimes known as fluff collected from the bed surface. 2006-06-13
CBSP Carbon concentrations in suspended particulate material Concentrations of total, organic and inorganic carbon per unit weight of suspended particulate material collected by water column filtration, centrifugation or sediment trapping. 2006-05-26
ACO2 Carbon monoxide and dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere CO and CO2 concentration parameters in any phase of the atmosphere (but usuall the gaseous phase). Includes pCO2. 2006-06-05
CCPW Carbonate chemistry in sediment pore waters Carbonate system parameters (DIC/TCO2, pH, alkalinity, pCO2) in sediment pore waters 2016-06-02
CARO Carotenoid and flavenoid pigment concentrations in water bodies 2015-09-08
CARS Carotenoid pigment concentrations in sediment Sediment includes anything collected by a grab or corer, including the fluff layer from the top of the consolidated sediment 2004-07-07
CETA Cetacean abundance Parameters that specify the number of specified members of Order Cetacea present at a particular time and location, including presence/absence indicators. 2010-06-16
CEBH Cetacean behaviour Parameters describing the actions or reactions of cetaceans (Order Cetacea), usually in response to the environment. Includes both parameters mapped to taxa and those mapped to non-taxonomic groupings. 2008-01-30
CEMP Cetacean morphology and physiology Parameters describing the size, shape or physiological activity including disease and parasite infection status of cetaceans (Order Cetacea). Includes both parameters mapped to taxa and those mapped to non-taxonomic groupings. 2008-01-30
CEMO Cetacean mortality Parameters describing the causes and rate of mortality in cetaceans (Order Cetacea). Includes both parameters mapped to taxa and those mapped to non-taxonomic groupings. 2008-02-04
GP018 Cetacean reproduction Parameters related to the reproduction of cetaceans (Order Cetacea) 2008-12-09
FR11 Chlorofluorocarbon concentrations in the water column Concentrations of chlorofluorocarbons (also known as freons or CFCs) in sny body of water 2009-09-25
CPSD Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in sediment Includes all variants of chlorophyll. Sediment includes anything collected by a grab or corer, including the fluff layer from the top of the consolidated sediment 2004-06-30
CPWC Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies Includes all variants of chlorophyll expressed in terms of per unit volume, per unit area of any body of fresh or salt water, or as a relative colour index (e.g. PCI). Does not include data expressed per unit mass of SPM. 2015-11-16
CHEX Cloud cover height and extent Parameters describing the horizontal and vertical extent of cloud cover 2004-08-20
CLTY Cloud type Parameters that classify cloud cover into types such as cumulus and cirrus. 2009-10-12
COGE Coastal geomorphology All parameters associated with coastal landforms such as beaches and dunes including morphology, evolution and associated transport phenomena 2007-02-26
MTWC Colloidal metal concentrations in the water column Concentrations of metal elements in the colloidal phase of the water column. Usually the dissolved concentration difference between conventionally filtered water and ultra-filtered water. 2004-05-12
COCC Colloidal organic carbon concentration in the water column Colloidal organic carbon per unit volume of the water column. 2004-08-02
TADN Concentration of adenylates in sediment Concentrations of adenylates (ADP, ATP etc) per unit mass or unit volume of sediment (material collected by a corer including fluff) 2004-08-13
ATPX Concentration of adenylates in the water column Concentrations of adenylates (ADP, ATP etc) in all phases of the water column 2019-06-13
SALK Concentration of aliphatic hydrocarbons in sediment samples Aliphatic hydrocarbon (alkane, alkene, alkyne, polycyclic aliphatics like hopane, terpenes etc.) concentrations in sediment, which is considered to be anything from the bed sampled by a grab or corer, including 'fluff' 2012-03-01
AAWC Concentration of alkanamines (amines) in the water column Alkanamine concentrations in all phases of the water column 2004-08-13
AALK Concentration of alkanes in the atmosphere Alkane concentrations in all phases of the atmosphere 2004-06-24
DALK Concentration of alkanes in the water column Alkane concentration parameters (including saturation of gaseous species) in all phases of the water column. Does not include parameters expressed per unit weight of SPM. 2004-06-18
CA11 Concentration of alkanols (alcohols), phenols and ethers in sediment DEPRECATED Concentration of alkanols, phenols and ethers per unit mass or unit volume of sediment (material collected by a corer including fluff) 2011-02-24
AEYN Concentration of alkenes and alkynes in the atmosphere Alkene and alkyne concentrations in all phases of the atmosphere 2004-07-30
AQYN Concentration of alkenes and alkynes in the water column Alkene and alkyne concentrations in all phases of the water column 2004-07-30
AASD Concentration of alkenones and alkenoates in sediment Parameters quantifying the amount of alkenones (unsaturated aliphatic ketones) and alkenoates (carboxylic acid esters) in any unconsolidated sediment including fluff. 2012-03-02
CAKN Concentration of alkenones and alkenoates in the water column Concentrations of alkenones (unsaturated aliphatic ketones) and alkenoates (carboxylic acid esters) in all phases of the water column. 2012-03-01
TOCH Concentration of carbohydrates, phenols, alkanols (alcohols), aldehydes and ketones in water bodies Concentrations of carbohydrates, phenols, alkanols (alcohols), aldehydes and simple (non-alkenone) ketones in all phases of any body of fresh or salt water 2012-03-01
CASD Concentration of carbohydrates, phenols, alkanols (alcohols), ethers, aldehydes and ketones in sediment Concentrations of carbohydrates, phenols, alkanols (alcohols), ethers,aldehydes and simple (non-alkenone) ketones in unlithified sediment (material collected by a corer including fluff). 2012-03-01
HLIC Concentration of inorganic halogens in ice DEPRECATED Concentrations of halogens as elements or their inorganic compounds in ice 2011-02-18
CLCN Concentration of inorganic halogens in sediment DEPRECATED Concentrations of halogens as elements or simple inorganic compounds (eg iodate) in sediments (anything collected by a corer including fluff 2010-11-05
CLXX Concentration of inorganic halogens in sediment pore waters Concentrations of halogens as elements or their inorganic compounds in all phases of sediment pore water 2010-07-02
HLAT Concentration of inorganic halogens in the atmosphere Concentrations of halogens as elements or their inorganic compounds in all phases of the atmosphere. 2010-07-02
HLWC Concentration of inorganic halogens in water bodies Concentrations of halogens as elements or their inorganic compounds in all phases of any body of fresh or salt water 2010-07-02
ISIC Concentration of inorganic sulphur species in ice DEPRECATED Concentration parameters for inorganic sulphur species in ice 2011-02-18
TRIS Concentration of inorganic sulphur species in sediment Concentration parameters for inorganic sulphur species in sediment (anything collected by a corer including fluff) 2004-08-13
SPHT Concentration of inorganic sulphur species in sediment pore water Concentration parameters (including saturation if gaseous) for inorganic sulphur species in all phases of sediment pore waters 2004-08-13
SXCN Concentration of inorganic sulphur species in suspended particulate material Concentration parameters for inorganic sulphur species in suspended particulate material (anything collected by filtration or sediment trapping). Group does not include parameters expressing data per unit volume of the water column 2004-08-13
SPWC Concentration of inorganic sulphur species in the water column Concentration parameters (including saturation if gaseous) for inorganic sulphur species in all phases of the water column 2004-08-13
NTIC Concentration of nitrates in ice DEPRECATED Nitrate concentration parameters in ice. Includes nitrate+nitrite, which is often loosely referred to as nitrate. 2011-02-18
AAMN Concentration of nitrogen species in the atmosphere Concentrations of both organic (eg amines) and inorganic (eg ammonia and oxides of nitrogen) nitrogen species in all phases of the atmosphere 2004-08-18
STOM Concentration of organic matter in sediments Parameters quantifying the proportion of organic material in a soil or sediment sample 2008-06-30
AORG Concentration of organic matter in the atmosphere Parameters quantifying uncategorised organic substance concentrations in atmospheric, generally aerosol, samples such as organic matter and DOC. 2008-03-05
HMSB Concentration of organic matter in water bodies Concentration (not 380nm light absorption) parameters for dissolved or total organic matter (includes humics, yellow matter, Gelbstoff) in any body of salt or fresh water. 2017-09-05
OSIC Concentration of organic sulphur species in ice DEPRECATED Concentration parameters for organic sulphur species in ice 2011-02-18
OHAT Concentration of other hydrocarbons in the atmosphere 'Other' (not alkanes, alkenes, alkynes or PAHs) hydrocarbon concentration parameters (including saturation of gaseous species) in all phases of the atmosphere. 2010-11-08
OHWC Concentration of other hydrocarbons in the water column 'Other' (not alkanes, alkenes, alkynes or PAHs) hydrocarbon concentration parameters (including saturation of gaseous species) in all phases of the water column. Does not include parameters expressed per unit weight of SPM. 2010-11-08
BCOC Concentration of other organic contaminants in biota Concentration parameters for carbon compounds regarded as environmentally harmful in either whole organisms or their constituent parts that are not included in other categories 2010-01-27
SCOC Concentration of other organic contaminants in sediment samples Concentration parameters for carbon compounds regarded as environmentally harmful in sediment, which is considered to be anything from the bed sampled by a grab or corer, including 'fluff' that are not included in other specific categories 2010-01-27
PCOC Concentration of other organic contaminants in suspended particulate material 'Other' organic contaminant (substances regarded as harmful other than PCBs and PAHs) concentrations in suspended particulate material, regarded as anything sampled by a water bottle, SAP, sediment trap etc. This group is for SPM composition measurements (concentration per unit weight) and NOT concentrations per unit volume of the water column in the particulate phase. 2004-05-28
OCAA Concentration of other organic contaminants in the atmosphere Parameters quantifying concentrations of organic contaminants (substances regarded as harmful) other than PCBs and PAHs in all phases of the atmosphere 2008-12-09
WCOC Concentration of other organic contaminants in the water column Concentration parameters for carbon compounds regarded as environmentally harmful in solution or suspension (i.e.includes measurements in both the dissolved and particulate phases) in any body of salt or fresh water that are not included in other specific categories 2010-01-27
BCOS Concentration of other substances in biota 'Other' (than metals or organic contaminants) substance concentrations in either whole organisms or their constituent parts. This is a 'bucket' grouping that may be reclassified as the dictionary developes. 2004-04-30
PTOX Concentration of phycotoxins in biota Parameters associated with the concentration of algae-generated toxins in either whole organisms or their constituent parts 2006-06-05
BCPB Concentration of polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) in biota PCB concentrations in either whole organisms or their constituent parts 2004-04-30
SPCB Concentration of polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) in sediment samples PCB concentrations in sediment, which is considered to be anything from the bed sampled by a grab or corer, including 'fluff' 2004-05-28
PPCB Concentration of polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) in suspended particulate material PCB concentrations in suspended particulate material, regarded as anything sampled by a water bottle, SAP, sediment trap etc. This group is for SPM composition measurements (concentration per unit weight) and NOT concentrations per unit volume of the water column in the particulate phase. 2008-11-25
GP048 Concentration of polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) in the atmosphere Parameters quantifying polychlorobiphenyl (PCB) concentrations in all phases of the atmosphere 2008-12-09
PPWC Concentration of polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) in the water column PCB concentrations in all phases of the water column. This group excludes SPM composition measurements (concentration per unit weight). 2008-11-25
BCAH Concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in biota PAH concentrations in either whole organisms or their constituent parts 2004-04-30
SCAH Concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sediment samples PAH concentrations in sediment, which is considered to be anything from the bed sampled by a grab or corer, including 'fluff' 2004-05-28
PCAH Concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in suspended particulate material PAH concentrations in suspended particulate material, regarded as anything sampled by a water bottle, SAP, sediment trap etc. This group is for SPM composition measurements (concentration per unit weight) and NOT concentrations per unit volume of the water column in the particulate phase. 2008-11-25
GP050 Concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the atmosphere Parameters quantifying polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) concentrations in all phases of the atmosphere 2008-12-09
PCHW Concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the water column PAH concentrations in all phases of the water column. This group includes concentrations per unit volume of the water column in the particulate phase, but not concentrations per unit wieght of SPM. 2008-11-25
SPRO Concentration of proteins in sediment Concentrations of proteins per unit mass or unit volume of sediment (material collected by a corer including fluff) 2004-08-13
WPRO Concentration of proteins in the water column Concentrations of proteins in all phases of the water column 2004-08-13
SICN Concentration of silicon species in sediment DEPRECATED Concentration parameters for silicon species (including opal) in sediment (anything collected by a corer including fluff) 2010-11-05
OPCN Concentration of silicon species in suspended particulate material Concentration parameters for silicon species (including opal) in SPM (material gathered by filtration or sediment trapping). Only includes parameters expressed per unit mass of SPM and not per unit volume of the water column 2004-08-13
SIXX Concentration of silicon species in the water column Concentration parameters for silicon species (including opal) in all phases of the water column 2004-08-13
TSED Concentration of suspended particulate material in the water column Parameters quantifying SPM concentration in the water column by weight, by volume or in terms of turbidity 2004-08-17
SDNA Concentrations of biopolymers in sediment Parameters quantifying the amount of naturally-produced organic (molecules containing carbon) compounds that are built from multiple instances of structural units (monomers) that are covalently-bonded to produce larger structures in any sediment (material collected by a corer including fluff). Includes polynucleotides (RNA and DNA), polypeptides and polysaccharides (e.g. cellulose). 2014-02-20
WDNA Concentrations of biopolymers in water bodies Parameters quantifying the amount of naturally-produced organic (molecules containing carbon) compounds that are built from multiple instances of structural units (monomers) that are covalently-bonded to produce larger structures in any body of salt or fresh water. Includes polynucleotides (RNA and DNA), polypeptides and polysaccharides (e.g. cellulose). 2014-02-20
CXAA Concentrations of carboxylic acids and carboxylates in the atmosphere Parameters quantifying the concentration of acids containing a carboxyl (-C(=O)OH) group, their anions or their salts in any phase of the atmosphere 2008-12-09
CFTM Contaminant fluxes between the terrestrial and marine environment Parameters quanitifying the transfer of substances considered harmful from land to sea, including river discharge rates of contaminant species (but not freshwater discharge rates). 2008-12-09
GP013 Coral infection and damage Parameters related to the health and conservation status of coral species and coralligenous habitats. 2020-10-17
AYMD Date and time All date and time parameters 2004-03-25
SIGT Density of the water column Absolute determinations of water column density plus parameters (generally expressed as density anomaly) derived from temperature and salinity 2004-08-16
DPEV Depositional environment Parameters characterising the environment in which sediments were deposited either by observation or interpretation of sedimentary rocks and unlithified sediments. 2010-10-01
TFAA Dissolved amino acid concentrations in the water column Parameters quantifying the amount of organic compounds containing both a carboxyl group and an amino group dissolved in a body of water. 2008-12-09
OGPW Dissolved concentration parameters for other gases in sediment pore waters All concentration parameters for inorganic dissolved gases other than oxygen and the noble gases in sediment pore water samples 2010-11-08
SCOX Dissolved concentration parameters for other gases in the water column All concentration parameters for inorganic dissolved gases other than oxygen and the noble gases in the water column 2010-11-08
TNRP Dissolved inorganic carbon production and respiration in the water column Parameters related to the rates of TCO2 production and consumption based on light/dark bottle incubations 2004-08-19
TDIN Dissolved inorganic nitrogen concentration in the water column Total concentration of all dissolved inorganic nitrogen species in the water column, usually derived by summation of individual nutrient concentrations (NO3+NO2+NH4). Some workers may also include urea. 2003-06-10
MTWD Dissolved metal concentrations in the water column Concentrations of metal elements in the dissolved phase of the water column. This may include a contribution from the particulate phase if this has not been totally removed by filtration and the metal in question is reactive (ie detected as if it were dissolved) to the analytical technique used. 2004-05-12
HEXC Dissolved noble gas concentration parameters in the water column All concentration parameters including saturations and statistics such as standard deviations 2004-08-11
DOCC Dissolved organic carbon concentration in the water column DOC per unit volume of the water column. Note that this includes some parameters that are strictly defined as total carbon, because the water was unfiltered on the assumption that POC was negligible. 2004-05-19
OCPW Dissolved organic carbon concentrations in sediment pore waters Concentrations of dissolved organic carbon in sediment pore waters 2004-05-27
DOCU Dissolved organic carbon uptake and production in the water column Any parameter relating to the rate of DOC concentration change in the water column 2004-08-19
DGPW Dissolved oxygen parameters for sediments All parameters (including concentration, saturation, turnover and fluxes) for dissolved oxygen in sediment and sediment pore waters. 2017-02-02
DOXY Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column All dissolved oxygen parameters (including saturation and utilisation) for the water column 2004-10-22
TDNT Dissolved total and organic nitrogen concentrations in the water column Concentration of total (organic plus inorganic) or organic dissolved nitrogen per unit volume of the water column. Grouped together as organic nitrogen frequently determined as total nitrogen. 2004-10-22
TDPX Dissolved total or organic phosphorus concentration in the water column Concentration of total (organic plus inorganic) or organic dissolved phosphorus per unit volume of the water column. Grouped together as organic phosphorus frequently determined as total phosphorus. 2004-10-22
MDWD Dissolved trace metalloid and inorganic selenium concentrations in water bodies Concentration parameters for trace metalloid elements and non-organic selenium species in the dissolved phase of any body of fresh or salt water. This may include a contribution from the particulate phase if this has not been totally removed by filtration and the metalloid in question is reactive (ie detected as if it were dissolved) to the analytical technique used. Trace metalloids are considered as B, Ge, As, Sb, Te, and Po (but not Si which is classed separately because of its major role in environmental chemistry). 2017-01-23
DSCO Distribution coefficients in the water column Distribution coefficients of species between the dissolved and particulate phases of the water column 2004-08-11
CNDC Electrical conductivity of the water column Parameters quantifying the flow of electrical current through or the electrical resistance of a body of water at any point between the bed and the atmosphere 2007-03-02
ENGP Engineering parameters Technical parameters that provide information on how well an instrument or data acquisition system is working 2005-08-31
EXCR Excretion rate parameters in the water column Includes all parameters relating to all mechanisms of waste release except respiration. 2004-07-28
EXSV Experiment state variables Measurements made at a given time of any state variable in a sample that is the subject of an experiment that will change the composition over time, such as the water sample in an incubation experiment. 2014-10-08
FABD Fauna abundance per unit area of the bed Any fauna (class Animalia) abundance per unit are of sea, river or lake bed. Broad group overlapping a number of more specific groups that should be used preferentially, but this group is provided as an alternative to one-to-many mappings. 2005-09-23
RSIS Field resistivity, electromagnetics and polarisation Parameters quantifying the electrical properties of geological units in the field. Includes parameters used to determine resistivity structure for shallow sediment properties, porosities and presence of hydrocarbon (CSEM), deeper crust and mantle studies (Magnetotellurics) and ore body location (polarisation). 2011-09-16
FATX Fish abundance in water bodies Parameters that quantify the numbers of fish (Osteichthyes, Agnatha and Chrondrichthyes) at a given location in any body of salt or fresh water. 2018-02-12
FADS Fish aggregating device usage statistics Parameters describing usage of Fish Aggregating Devices (FAD) in fisheries (particularly purse seine tuna fisheries). 2019-07-26
FCST Fish and shellfish catch statistics Parameters quantifying and describing biota take by fishing activities 2010-07-30
GP085 Fish behaviour Parameters describing the actions or reactions of fish (Osteichthyes, Agnatha and Chondrichthyes), usually in response to the environment. Includes both parameters mapped to taxa and those mapped to non-taxonomic groupings. 2008-12-09
FIBM Fish biomass in water bodies Parameters quantifying the mass of fish (Osteichthyes, Agnatha and Chrondrichthyes)in total or by species per unit area or per unit volume in any body of fresh or salt water expressed in any form (e.g. wet weight, dry weight, carbon, nitrogen, etc.). 2010-05-04
GP005 Fish disease and parasites Parameters related to the infection of Fish (Osteichthyes, Agnatha and Chrondrichthyes) by parasites and disease. Includes visual assesements and analytical data. 2008-12-09
FATM Fish morphology, age and physiology Parameters that quantify the size, shape, age and life processes (including mortality) of fish (Osteichthyes, Agnatha and Chrondrichthyes). 2018-02-12
FNTX Fish non taxonomy-related abundance per unit volume of the water column Fish (Osteichthyes, Agnatha and Chrondrichthyes) abundance per unit volume parameters not included under FATX. Most commonly used for the generic term 'fish' that maps to multiple taxa. 2008-11-19
FNTM Fish non taxonomy-related morphology Fish (Osteichthyes, Agnatha and Chrondrichthyes) size and shape parameters not included under FATM. Most commonly used for the generic term 'fish' that maps to multiple taxa. 2008-11-19
FREP Fish reproduction Parameters that quantify the fecundity, reproductive rates or nature of reproduction in fish (Osteichthyes, Agnatha and Chrondrichthyes). 2018-02-12
FBAB Fish taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the bed Fish (Osteichthyes, Agnatha and Chondrichthyes) abundance per unit area of bed (sea, river, lake etc.) parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. Includes animals normally considered as planktonic if they have been returned from sediment samples. 2017-07-17
FBAF Fish taxonomy-related ash-free dry weight biomass per unit area of the bed Fish (Osteichthyes, Agnatha and Chondrichthyes) ash-free dry weight biomass per unit area of bed (sea, river, lake etc.) parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. Includes animals normally considered as planktonic if they have been returned from sediment samples. 2017-07-17
FCNT Fish taxonomy-related counts Fish (Osteichthyes, Agnatha and Chrondrichthyes) count parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. These may be at any taxonomic level from sub-species upwards. Count includes presence/absence indicators. 2017-07-17
GP087 Fishery characterisation Parameters describing the extent, intensity, timing and method of fisheries 2008-12-09
GP080 Fishing by-catch Parameters quantifying the capture of non-target species during commercial and non-commercial fishing trips 2008-12-09
FEFF Fishing effort Parameters that quantify or classify the physical or financial resources used in fishing activities 2014-05-01
FCMW Flow cytometry parameters in water bodies Parameters derived from flow cytometry data analysis of water samples using in situ or bench-top flow cytometers. 2018-01-11
FDMS Gas fluxes between the water column and the atmosphere Fluxes of any gaseous species from water column to atmosphere 2004-08-19
DBDX Geological sample density Parameters that describe the the mass per unit volume of any samples of rock or unlithified sediment. 2010-11-04
XMGS Geological sample magnetic, electrical and acoustic properties Any parameters quantifying the magnetic (e.g. magnetic susceptibility), electrical (e.g. resistivity) or acoustic (e.g. P-wave propogation speed) of sediment or rock cores and samples 2010-12-15
RMAJ Geological sample major element chemistry DEPRECATED Concentrations of the elements classically regarded as major (>1% by weight as oxide: namely: Si, Ti, Al, Fe3+, Fe2+, Mg, Mn, Ca, Na, and K) plus affiliated parameters such as H2O- (adsorbed water) and H2O+ (or loss on ignition) in rocks or sediments. 2010-11-05
SRAD Geological sample radioactivity Any parameters quantifying ionising radiation emitted by cores or samples comprising rock, sediment (including surface sediment such as fluff) 2010-10-22
GTCH Geotechnics Parameters quantifying the properties of rocks and sediments that are relevance to engineering such as physical strength and load-bearing capacity. Includes the disciplines of rock mechanics and soil mechanics. 2010-07-02
HFLW Geothermal heat flow Parameters quantifying the flux of thermal energy within the solid Earth or between the solid Earth and water bodies or atmosphere. 2010-10-22
GRAV Gravity Parameters relating to the measurement of the Earth's gravity field 2007-11-21
GWAM Groundwater amount Parameters quantifying the amount of groundwater in a given system such as aquifer water level and rate of flow of water through rock formations. 2009-06-01
GWCH Groundwater chemistry Parameters quantifying the chemistry of terrestrial groundwater bodies such as aquifers and waters percolating through rock formations. 2009-06-01
HBCH Habitat characterisation Parameters specifying the physical or chemical environment of a place where an organism is found. 2008-02-20
HBEX Habitat extent Parameters specifying the vertical and horizontal spatial extent of the ecological character of a place where an organism is found 2008-02-20
HZNV Hazards to navigation Parameters describing the location, nature and extent of objects that pose a threat to travel on the water column such as wrecks and obstructions 2009-04-20
HFLX Heat fluxes between the water column and the atmosphere Parameters quantifying heat exchange between any body of water and the atmosphere 2007-02-23
APDA Horizontal platform movement All parameters relating to horizontal platform travel, including distance run 2004-08-20
ALAT Horizontal spatial co-ordinates All forms of horizontal spatial coordinates such as lat/lon and grid references 2004-03-25
RFVL Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents) Parameters expressing the velocity (including scalar speeds and directions) of water column horizontal movement, commonly termed Eulerian currents 2007-01-18
SHTA Hydrolytic activity in sediment 2004-08-20
IAGE Ice age Measured or stratigraphically estimated age of ice 2006-02-20
ICEM Ice motion and related parameters Parameters specifying the speed and direction of sea or land ice and the stresses associated with this motion. 2007-09-24
IACT Industrial activity Parameters that quantify the level of industrial activity or industrial output 2008-12-09
IDIS Industrial discharges Parameters that quantify and specify material output into the environment as a result of industrial activity 2008-12-09
RMIN Inorganic chemical composition of sediment or rocks Parameters specifying the proportions of inorganic components (major/minor/trace elements, trace metals etc.) in sediment or rock samples. Major elements includes the H2O+ and H2O- parameters reported by convention in oxide weight per cent geochemical major element analyses. 2010-11-05
IPRX Inorganic peroxides in water bodies Parameters related to compounds containing two oxygen atoms joined by a single bond but no carbon atoms in any body of fresh or salt water. 2011-07-26
PHAT Inorganic phosphorus species concentrations in the atmosphere Concentration of inorganic phosphorus species (element or compounds) in any phase of the atmosphere 2005-09-23
SIAT Inorganic silicon species concentrations in the atmosphere Concentration of inorganic silicon species (element or compounds) in any phase of the atmosphere 2005-09-23
IWAB Insect and earthworm taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the bed Insect (Class Insecta) and earthworm (Subclass Oligochaeta) abundance per unit area of bed (sea, river, lake etc.) parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. Includes animals normally considered as planktonic if they have been returned from sediment samples. This parameter group has been implemented to separate predominantly freshwater taxa from predominantly marine taxa. 2017-07-17
INLZ Insect and earthworm taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the littoral zone DEPRECATED Insect (Class Insecta) and earthworm (Subclass Oligochaeta) abundance per unit area of the littoral zone (between spring tide high and low water) parameters. 2015-04-08
IWDX Insect and earthworm taxonomy-related ash-free dry weight biomass per unit area of the bed Insect (Class Insecta) and earthworm (Subclass Oligochaeta) ash-free dry weight biomass per unit area of bed (sea, river, lake etc.) parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. Includes animals normally considered as planktonic if they have been returned from sediment samples. This parameter group has been implemented to separate predominantly freshwater taxa from predominantly marine taxa. 2017-07-17
IALZ Insect and earthworm taxonomy-related ash-free dry weight biomass per unit area of the littoral zone DEPRECATED Insect (Class Insecta) and earthworm (Subclass Oligochaeta) ash-free dry weight biomass per unit area of the littoral zone (between spring tide high and low water) parameters. 2015-04-08
IATX Insecta taxonomy-related abundance per unit volume of the water column Insecta abundance parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. These may be at any taxonomic level from sub-species upwards. 2017-07-17
IATC Insecta taxonomy-related biomass expressed as carbon per unit volume of the water column Insecta carbon biomass parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. These may be at any taxonomic level from sub-species upwards. 2017-07-17
INVD Invasive species monitoring parameters Parameters used to characterize and monitor biological invasion by non-native organisms. 2016-05-19
LGCR Lagrangian currents and transport rates in the water column Parameters expressing the mean nett transport rates within the water column like Lagrangian currents. Note this is an unintentional duplicate of VDFC. 2007-01-18
LSST Land surface temperature Parameters relating to land surface temperature including fire and other hot spot location 2006-05-26
LVEG Land vegetation Parameters relating to land (including marshes and the intertidal zone) vegetation 2006-05-26
PPAB Light absorption in the water column Water column spectral absorption parameters 2004-07-30
EXCO Light extinction and diffusion coefficients Parameters relating to the extent of light penetration into the water column 2007-11-21
LITH Lithology Parameters describing rocks on the basis of physical characteristics such as colour, structure, mineralogy and grain size 2008-01-30
LITT Litter abundance and type Parameters describing the abundance and nature of material classed as refuse introduced to the environment by activities of man that are not covered by the more specific P02 terms for micro-litter (UMLS and UMLW), beach litter (BLIT) or seafloor litter (SLIT). 2018-09-06
LWRD Long-wave radiation 2003-06-10
GP012 Macroalgae and seagrass infection and damage Parameters relating to diseases and parasites of macroalgae (Rhodophycota, Chromphycota, Chlorophycota) and seagrass (Charophyta, Anthophyta) and damage to seagrass beds 2008-12-09
ACNT Macroalgae and seagrass taxonomy-related counts Macroalgae (Rhodophycota, Chromphycota, Chlorophycota) and seagrass (Charophyta, Anthophyta) count parameters presented at the level of taxa at any level from sub-species upwards. Count includes presence/absence indicators. 2007-01-08
PU02 Macroalgae generic abundance in water bodies Any enumeration (e.g. count, number per litre) of macroalgae (seaweeds) designated by terms other than taxonomic names (e.g. total) in any fresh or salt water body. 2010-10-22
MMAN Magnetics Parameterisations of the intensity and inclination of Earth's magnetic field 2010-10-22
MMST Man-made structures Parameters relating to human built structures on the coast or offshore and their impact on the environment. 2008-01-30
MARC Marine archaeology Parameters related to the study of human interaction with the sea through the investigation of associated physical remains, be they vessels, shore side facilities, port-related structures, cargoes, human remains or submerged landscapes 2011-03-24
MLES Marine environment leisure usage Parameters quantifying the extent and nature of recreational activities in coastal waters, estuaries and their margins such as beaches. 2011-10-27
TMES Metadata parameters Data parameters that carry information relating to a measured parameter such as measurement temperatures, integration depths, quantities sampled and incubation durations 2004-08-17
BCMT Metal concentrations in biota Metal concentrations in either whole organisms or their constituent parts. 2016-10-04
MTSD Metal concentrations in sediment Concentrations of metal elements per unit weight of sediment. Sediment is understood to be the solid phase of the bed, including the recently settled material sometimes known as fluff collected from the bed surface. 2020-10-20
MTPW Metal concentrations in sediment pore waters Concentrations of metal elements in sediment pore waters 2004-05-12
MTSP Metal concentrations in suspended particulate material DEPRECATED Concentrations of metal elements in suspended particulate material collected by water column filtration, centrifugation or sediment trapping. Deprecated as semantic overlap with MTWP. 2008-09-12
MTAT Metal concentrations in the atmosphere Concentration of metal elements in any phase of the atmosphere 2008-09-12
MTIC Metal concentrations in the cryosphere Concentration parameters for metallic elements in ice and snow 2008-09-12
SCDO Metal fluxes between the bed and the water column Parameters quantifying the exchange of metalsbetween the bed (ie the sediment) and the water column sometimes termed benthic fluxes 2004-08-18
ZNLG Metal ligand parameters in the water column Parameters concerned with the complexation of metals as ligands in the water column 2004-08-11
CDRU Metal uptake rates in the water column Parameters relating to the uptake rates of metals from the dissolved phase into the particulate phase 2004-07-29
UMLS Micro-litter in sediments Parameters describing the abundance and nature of microscopic particles of man-made materials and in particular microplastics present in the sediment. 2017-11-21
UMLW Micro-litter in water bodies Parameters describing the abundance and nature of microscopic particles of man-made materials and in particular microplastics present in any body of fresh or salt water. 2017-11-21
D000 Microphytobenthos abundance Any quantification of the number (e.g. count, abundance) of microalgae present on hard substrate or soft sediment at the bottom of any body of fresh or salt water. 2017-10-17
D001 Microphytobenthos biomass Any quantification of the mass (e.g. carbon, nitrogen, weight) of microalgae present on hard substrate or soft sediment at the bottom of any body of fresh or salt water. 2018-04-04
MZBN Microzooplankton generic abundance in water bodies Any enumeration (e.g. count, number per litre) of microzooplankton (free swimming heterotrophic organisms smaller than 200um) designated by terms other than taxonomic names (e.g. total) in any fresh or salt water body. 2010-10-22
MZCT Microzooplankton grazing Parameters that express the consumption of the phytoplankton population by the microzooplankton. Generally the results of dilution experiments on water samples screened through a 200-micron mesh. 2004-04-19
MZBC Microzooplankton non taxonomy-related biomass expressed as carbon per unit volume of the water column Basically, any microzooplankton carbon biomass measurement that isn't included in parameter group MATC. May include data integrations such as 'total microzooplankton'. 2004-04-19
MATX Microzooplankton taxonomic abundance in water bodies Any enumeration (e.g. count, number per litre) of microzooplankton (free swimming heterotrophic organisms smaller than 200um) designated by taxonomic names (e.g. species, genus or family) in any fresh or salt water body. 2010-10-22
MATC Microzooplankton taxonomy-related biomass expressed as carbon per unit volume of the water column Microzooplankton carbon biomass parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. These may be at any taxonomic level from sub-species upwards., but exclude morphological classifications such as 'heterotrophic flagellate'. 2017-07-17
A999 Microzooplankton taxonomy-related biosurface area per unit volume of the water column Microzooplankton surface area per unit volume of the water column parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. These may be at any taxonomic level from sub-species upwards. 2017-07-17
V999 Microzooplankton taxonomy-related biovolume per unit volume of the water column Microzooplankton biovolume parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. These may be at any taxonomic level from sub-species upwards. 2017-07-17
MINC Mineral chemistry Chemical analyses of minerals extracted from rocks or sediment or analysed in-situ using techniques like the electron microprobe. 2007-09-24
CLAY Mineralogical composition Parameters describing or quantifying the mineralogical composition of rocks and unlithified sediments. 2010-10-01
RBHY Molecular biology parameters Any parameters relating to molecular biology or genetics 2004-04-30
MPMN Moored instrument depth Parameters expressing depth (possibly as pressure) of an instrument on a suspended underwater mooring. These are primarily collected to monitor mooring performance by quantifying knock-down and should not be regarded as instrument z co-ordinates (accurate calibration is rare) or as sea level measurements. 2004-08-17
NTUP New production in water bodies Parameters quantifying the uptake rate of nitrate or gaseous nitrogen by flora and fauna living in any body of salt or fresh water 2009-11-15
NTRA Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column Nitrate concentration parameters (including statistical parameters such as standard deviation) in the water column. Includes nitrate+nitrite, which is often loosely referred to as nitrate. 2007-02-01
NTRZ Nitrate+nitrite concentration parameters in the water column DEPRECATED Deprecated term from a misguided attempt to distinguish between NO3 and NO3+NO2 for discovery. Use parameter group NTRA instead 2008-11-19
AMOX Nitrification rate in the water column Parameters relating to the rate of nitrification (oxidation of reduced nitrogen such as ammonium) in the water column 2004-07-29
NTRI Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column Nitrite concentration parameters (including statistical parameters such as standard deviation) in the water column 2004-05-27
NTSD Nitrogen concentrations in sediment Concentrations of total, organic and inorganic nitrogen per unit weight of sediment. Sediment is understood to be the solid phase of the bed, including the recently settled material sometimes known as fluff collected from the bed surface. 2004-08-02
NTSP Nitrogen concentrations in suspended particulate material Concentrations of total, organic and inorganic nitrogen per unit weight of suspended particulate material collected by water column filtration, centrifugation or sediment trapping. Note that it is common practice to assume all nitrogen in SPM is organic. 2004-08-02
NTPW Nutrient concentrations in sediment pore waters Nutrient (nitrate, nitrite, ammonium, phosphate, silicate and urea) concentrations in sediment pore waters 2004-05-27
SAMO Nutrient fluxes between the bed and the water column Parameters quantifying the exchange of nutrients between the bed (ie the sediment) and the water column sometimes termed benthic fluxes 2004-08-18
R410 Ocean colour and earth-leaving visible waveband spectral radiation Parameters associated with the measurement of ocean colour, including visible waveband satellite spectral radiometer measurements, their calibration measurements (spectral water-leaving radiance and reflectance) and chart colour estimates. 2006-06-05
OPBS Optical backscatter Includes all parameters covering the strength of electromagnetic radiation signal return, including absolute measurements of returning signal strength as well as parameters expressed as backscatter (the proportion of transmitted signal returned) 2008-11-04
CSDE Organic sulphur compound dynamics in the water column Parameters relating to the rates of creation and consumption of organic sulphur compounds (such as DMS and carbonyl sulphide) in the water column 2004-07-29
OMPW Organometallic and organometalloid species concentration parameters in sediments All organometallic and orgamometalloid compound concentration parameters (including saturations for gaseous species) in all phases of sediments (including pore waters) 2015-11-16
OMWC Organometallic and organometalloid species concentration parameters in water bodies All organometallic and organometalloid compound concentration parameters (including saturations for gaseous species) in all phases of any body of fresh or salt water. 2015-11-16
OMBI Organometallic species concentration parameters in biota All measurements of the quantity or mass of any organometallic compound in any living organisms or their component parts 2010-05-19
DMST Organosulphur and organoselenium species concentration parameters in water bodies All organosulphur and organoselenium compound concentration parameters (including saturations for gaseous species) in all phases of any body of fresh or salt water. 2015-11-16
SICO Other fluxes between the bed and the water column Fluxes of species other than metals and nutrients between the bed (ie the sediment) and the water column sometimes termed benthic fluxes or sediment demand 2010-11-08
DCMX Other halocarbon concentrations in water bodies Concentrations of volatile halocarbons (compounds comprising carbon atoms covalently bonded to fluorine, chlorine, bromine or iodine atoms) other than tracers (i.e. freons/chlorofluorocarbons) and contaminants in any body of fresh or salt water. 2010-11-08
HLDE Other halocarbon dynamics in water bodies Parameters relating to the rates of creation and consumption of volatile halocarbons (compounds comprising carbon atoms covalently bonded to fluorine, chlorine, bromine or iodine atoms) other than tracers (i.e. freons/chlorofluorocarbons) and contaminants in any body of fresh or salt water. 2010-11-08
OMET Other meteorological measurements Bucket group for parameters that cannot be classified elsewhere 2010-11-08
DENS Other physical and chemical properties of suspended particulate material Parameters that do not easily fit into any of the other SPM data categories. 2004-10-26
KRTS Other wave statistics Statistical parameters derived from wave data expressing wave properties other than height, period and direction 2010-11-08
GOXP Oxygen production and respiration in the water column Parameters related to the rates of oxygen production and consumption 2004-07-29
OZON Ozone and oxygen concentrations in the atmosphere Ozone and oxygen concentration parameters in any phase of the atmosphere (but usually the gaseous phase) 2006-06-05
PCLM Palaeoclimatic indicators and parameters Parameterisations that describe climatic conditions in the past. Includes climate indices, climate indicators and indirect measurements of climate-related phenomena such as sea level and water table depth. 2008-07-01
PCO2 Partial pressure (pCO2) and fugacity (fCO2) of carbon dioxide in the water column 2004-08-11
DAAW Particulate amino acid concentrations in the water column Parameters quantifying the amount of organic compounds containing both a carboxyl group and an amino group in solids suspended in a body of water. 2008-12-09
CING Particulate inorganic carbon concentrations in the water column Concentrations of inorganic carbon in the particulate phase of the water column as extracted by a fitration technique. This is the particle-bound concentration per unit volume of the water column. Consequently, it is both a function of the SPM concentration in the water column and the concentration of inorganic carbon per unit weight of the SPM. 2003-06-10
MTWP Particulate metal concentrations in the water column Concentration parameters for metallic elements in the particulate phase of the water column collected by fitration, centrifugation or sediment trapping 2008-09-12
CORG Particulate total and organic carbon concentrations in the water column Concentrations of total and organic carbon in the particulate phase of the water column as extracted by a filtration technique. This is the particle-bound concentration per unit volume of the water column and is both a function of the SPM concentration in the water column and the concentration of carbon per unit weight of SPM. Total and organic carbon are classed together to circumvent confusion caused by total carbon data sets labelled 'POC' on the assumption that the inorganic carbon fraction is negligible 2003-06-10
NTOT Particulate total and organic nitrogen concentrations in the water column Concentrations of total and organic nitrogen in the particulate phase of the water column, which is a function of both the SPM concentration in the water column and the concentration of nitrogen per unit weight of SPM. Note that it is commonly assumed that all particulate nitrogen is organic. 2004-08-02
TPHS Particulate total and organic phosphorus concentrations in the water column Concentrations of total and organic phosphorus in the particulate phase of the water column, which is a function of both the SPM concentration in the water column and the concentration of phosphorus per unit weight of SPM. 2004-10-25
MDWP Particulate trace metalloid and inorganic selenium concentrations in water bodies Concentration parameters for trace metalloid elements and inorganic selenium species in the particulate phase of any body of fresh or salt water collected by fitration, centrifugation or sediment trapping. Trace metalloids are considered as B, Ge, As, Sb, Te and Po (but not Si which is classed separately because of its major role in environmental chemistry). 2017-01-23
PASR Passive seismic refraction Parameters quantifying the magnitude of naturally occurring low frequency earth movements such as used for earthquake seismology and natural noise studies. 2010-02-21
PEBI Pesticide concentrations in biota Concentration parameters for substances synthesised by man to kill other life forms in either whole organisms or their constituent parts. 2010-01-27
PESD Pesticide concentrations in sediment Concentration parameters for substances synthesised by man to kill other life forms in sediment, which is considered to be anything from the bed sampled by a grab or corer, including 'fluff'. 2010-01-27
PESP Pesticide concentrations in suspended particulate material Concentration parameters for substances synthesised by man to kill other life forms in suspended particulate material (SPM) collected by water column filtration, centrifugation or sediment trapping. Only includes parameters expressed per unit mass of SPM and not per unit volume of the water column. 2021-05-18
PEWB Pesticide concentrations in water bodies Concentration parameters for substances synthesised by man to kill other life forms in either solution or suspension (i.e.includes measurements in both the dissolved and particulate phases) in any body of salt or fresh water. 2010-01-27
PHSD Phaeopigment concentrations in sediment Includes all variants of phaeopigment (chlorophyll degradation products). Sediment is defined as any solids collected by a corer, including fluff.. 2004-07-07
PHWC Phaeopigment concentrations in the water column Includes all variants of phaeopigment (chlorophyll degradation products) expressed in terms of per unit volume or unit area of the water column. Does not include data expressed per unit mass of SPM. 2004-07-07
PHBI Pharmaceutical concentrations in biota Concentration parameters for substances synthesised by man to modify bodily function or diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent disease in either whole organisms or their constituent parts. 2010-01-27
PHSE Pharmaceutical concentrations in sediments Concentration parameters for substances synthesised by man to modify bodily function or diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent disease in sediment, which is considered to be anything from the bed sampled by a grab or corer, including 'fluff'. 2010-01-27
PHWB Pharmaceutical concentrations in water bodies Concentration parameters for substances synthesised by man to modify bodily function or diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent disease in either solution or suspension (i.e.includes measurements in both the dissolved and particulate phases) in any body of salt or fresh water. 2010-01-27
PHOS Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column Phosphate concentration parameters (including statistical parameters such as standard deviation) in the water column 2004-05-27
PXSD Phosphorus concentrations in sediment DEPRECATED Concentrations of total, organic and inorganic phosphorus per unit weight of sediment. Sediment is understood to be the solid phase of the bed, including the recently settled material sometimes known as fluff collected from the bed surface. 2010-11-05
PXSP Phosphorus concentrations in suspended particulate material Concentrations of total, organic and inorganic phosphorus per unit weight of suspended particulate material collected by water column filtration, centrifugation or sediment trapping. 2004-08-02
PHYC Phycobolin pigment concentrations in the water column Concentration of phycobolin group pigments such as phycocyanin and phycoerythrin in the water column 2004-09-27
PNTX Phytoplankton generic abundance in water bodies Any enumeration (e.g. count, abundance) of free-floating autotrophic biological entities designated by terms other than taxonomic names (e.g. microphytoplankton, ciliate, flagellate) in any body of fresh or salt water. 2010-10-22
CNTX Phytoplankton generic biomass in water bodies Any parameterisation of biomass (e.g. wet weight, dry weight, carbon, nitrogen etc.) of free-floating autotrophic biological entities designated by terms other than taxonomic names (e.g. microphytoplankton, ciliate, flagellate) in any body of fresh or salt water. 2010-10-21
PHYG Phytoplankton growth 2004-08-19
PATX Phytoplankton taxonomic abundance in water bodies Any enumeration (e.g. count, abundance) of free-floating autotrophic biological entities designated by taxonomic names (e.g. species, genus, family) in any body of fresh or salt water. 2010-10-22
CATX Phytoplankton taxonomic biomass in water bodies Any parameterisation of biomass (e.g. wet weight, dry weight, carbon, nitrogen etc.) of free-floating autotrophic biological entities identified by their taxonomic names (e.g. family, genus, species) in any body of fresh or salt water. 2010-10-21
AATX Phytoplankton taxonomic surface area in water bodies Any parameterisation of cell surface area of free-floating autotrophic biological entities designated by taxonomic names (e.g. species, genus, family) in any body of fresh or salt water. 2010-10-21
VATX Phytoplankton taxonomic volume in water bodies Any parameterisation of cell volume of free-floating autotrophic biological entities designated by taxonomic names (e.g. species, genus, family) in any body of fresh or salt water. 2010-10-21
PYTT Plankton abundance per unit volume of the water column Used for plankton abundance parameters where no differentiation between phytoplankton, microzooplankton or zooplankton is possible 2003-06-10
CYEU Plankton biomass expressed as carbon per unit volume of the water column Used for plankton carbon biomass parameters where no differentiation between phytoplankton, microzooplankton or zooplankton is possible 2003-08-04
HEAD Platform or instrument orientation Parameters that describe the displacement of platforms or instruments in space relative to various origins 2004-08-13
GP001 Pollution events Parameters quantifying the accidental spillage of liquid or dry pollutants from vessels or marine industries. Parameters may include quantities of pollutant, areas affected and event duration. 2008-12-09
CPRP Precipitation and evaporation Parameters relating to all kinds of precipitation (rain, snow, etc.) and water loss from the surface of the Earth 2006-06-13
RWCH Precipitation chemistry Concentration of any chemical species in water collected from the atmosphere. Includes rain, snow, hail and fog but excludes cloud samples or snow accumulations on the ground. 2008-12-09
PPRD Primary production in the water column Parameters associated with the quantification of primary production. This is defined as the fixation of carbon dioxide into either organic or inorganic carbon by living entities and so includes photosynthesis and calcification. 2003-06-10
ACFL Quality control flags 2004-08-20
QDMD Quantity of material dumped Parameters quantifying the amount of liquids (e.g. ship's ballast) or solids (e.g. dredge spoil) deposited into the water column as a result of man's activities 2008-08-15
RBSC Radar backscatter Includes all parameters covering the strength of emitted microwave radiation return, including absolute measurements of returning signal strength as well as parameters expressed as backscatter (the proportion of transmitted signal returned) 2009-05-20
GERA Radiation geophysics Parameters quantifying the level of radioactive emissions from in-situ geologic units 2010-10-22
BRAD Radioactivity in biota All parameters associated with radioactivity in either whole organisms or their constituent parts 2007-02-26
ARAD Radioactivity in the atmosphere All parameters associated with radioactivity in the atmosphere, including radiation counts, isotope activities and activity ratios. 2017-08-09
WRAD Radioactivity in water bodies All parameters associated with radioactivity in any body of fresh or salt water, including radiation counts, isotope activities and activity ratios. Activities per unit mass of SPM are included. 2017-08-09
XRFC Raw X-Ray fluorometer (XRF) output from sediment samples DEPRECATED 2010-11-05
LERR Raw current meter output parameters Parameters as logged by measuring devices, including raw counts/voltages and ADCP relative velocities 2004-08-17
FVLT Raw fluorometer output Output as logged from any type fluorometer. 2004-02-25
RGAS Raw gas analyser output Raw concentration parameters from a gas analyser such as a LiCor 2007-09-24
NUTV Raw in-situ nutrient analyser output Direct output parameters from spectophotometric or chemical in-situ nutrient analysers 2005-07-08
LVLT Raw light meter output 2003-06-10
OXYC Raw oxygen sensor output Raw parameters (usually membrane current and temperature) from dissolved oxygen sensors 2004-08-11
PHLT Raw pH sensor output Raw pH parameter output from any type of pH sensor. 2015-11-16
TVLT Raw suspended particulate material concentration sensor output Raw parameters (voltages and counts) from in-situ suspended particulate material sensors including transmissometers, nephelometers,in-situ particle sizers and ABS (including ADCP echo intensity). 2014-01-21
TCNT Raw temperature and/or salinity instrument output Direct output parameters from TS instruments such as thermosalinograph or CTD 2003-11-06
RPOT Redox potential in sediment 2003-06-10
IS4R Reduction rates in bed sediments Reduction rates of any species in sediment cores 2004-08-19
ACYC Reference numbers Data record, event, sample or measurement reference numbers 2004-08-20
AMUP Regenerated production in water bodies Parameters quantifying the uptake rate of nitrogen from excretion products (ammonium and urea) by flora and fauna living in any body of salt or fresh water 2009-11-15
GP068 Reptile abundance Parameters related to the abundance of reptiles (Class Reptilia) 2008-12-09
GP067 Reptile disease and parasites Parameters relating to diseases and parasites of reptiles (Class Reptilia) 2008-12-09
GP069 Reptile reproduction Parameters related to the reproduction of reptiles (Class Reptilia) 2008-12-09
RVDS River flow and discharge Parameters related to the volume of water passing through a point in a river system per unit time, including the rates of freshwater, dissolved material and particulate load discharge from a river into the sea. 2010-11-08
RAGE Rock age Measured or stratigraphically estimated ages of lithified sediments, igneous rock or metamorphic rock. 2010-02-21
RALT Rock alteration Parameters decribing aspects of a geologic unit that are the result of bulk chemical, mineralogical or physical changes related to change in the physical or chemical environment. Includes weathering, supergene alteration, hydrothermal alteration and metasomatic effects not considered metamorphic. 2010-02-21
ROGS Rock grain size Parameters specifying the physical dimensions of the particles comprising lithified sedimentary rocks (including expressions of shape such as aspect ratio) and statistics derived from their variation in a sample (e.g. mean, mode, sorting, skewness). 2010-02-21
RPER Rock porosity and permeability Parmeters describing the space for fluids or gases within a geologic unit comprising lithified sediments, igneous rock or metamorphic rock. 2010-02-21
RTMP Rock temperature DEPRECATED Parameters that describe the distribution of the degree of hotness within geologic units of lithified sedimentary, igneous of metamorphic rock. 2010-11-05
RTCO Rock thermal conductivity Parameters that describe the degree to which sedimentary, igneous or metamorphic rocks are able to conduct heat 2010-02-21
PSAL Salinity of the water column Parameters quantifying the concentration of sodium chloride in any body of water at any point between the bed and the atmosphere 2007-03-02
SAMP Sampling parameters Qualitative and quantitative parameters related to the sampling activity; includes terms related to sampling effort, sampling gears, sample processing. 2018-12-11
ASLV Sea level Measurements and predictions of the displacement of the water column surface from a fixed, stable reference 2007-06-19
PREX Sea level expressed as pressure DEPRECATED Measurements of the displacement of the water column surface from a fixed, stable reference expressed as either total pressure or sea pressure 2013-11-15
SLIT Sea-floor litter abundance Parameters describing the abundance and nature of litter data collected on the seabed. 2018-09-06
BPRP SeaDataNet biological format biotic parameters Parameters that quantify any attribute of a biological entity specified elsewhere in the data model and therefore do not map to the existing biologically classified P02 categories. This concept is used as a temporary grouping of parameter codes created for the SeaDataNet biological standard format. 2017-08-11
SBPH Seabed photography Digital images of the seabed obtained using either still or video cameras 2009-04-20
FOCA Seal abundance Parameters related to the distribution of true seals (Phocidae), eared seals (Otariidae) and walruses (Odobenidae) at a particular time and location, including presence/absence indicators. 2019-05-31
SEBH Seal behaviour Parameters describing the actions or reactions, usually in response to the environment, of true seals (Phocidae), eared seals (Otariidae) and walruses (Odobenidae). 2019-05-31
SEMP Seal morphology and physiology Parameters describing the size, shape or physiological activity including disease and parasite infection status of true seals (Phocidae), eared seals (Otariidae) and walruses (Odobenidae). 2019-05-31
SEMO Seal mortality Parameters describing the causes and rate of mortality of true seals (Phocidae), eared seals (Otariidae) and walruses (Odobenidae). 2019-05-31
GP025 Seal reproduction Parameters related to the reproduction of true seals (Phocidae), eared seals (Otariidae) and walruses (Odobenidae). 2019-05-31
SECC Secchi disk depth Measurements of optical visibility in the water column 2003-06-10
XKEY Security tags and keys Parameters used to encode information specifying access rights to data, usually in terms of authorised roles 2008-12-09
RACC Sediment accumulation rate Parameters quantifying the volume, mass or thickness of particulate material that gathers on the seabed per unit time. 2008-11-04
SDAC Sediment acoustics Parameters relating to the elucidation of sediment structure by quantifying the proportion of waves from a low energy source reflected by sub-surface layers. 2007-11-22
SAGE Sediment age Measured or stratigraphically estimated ages of marine sediments 2003-06-10
MNGS Sediment grain size parameters Parameters specifying the physical dimensions of the particles comprising unlithified sediment (including expressions of shape such as aspect ratio) and statistics derived from their variation in a sample (e.g. mean, mode, sorting, skewness). 2010-02-19
CD10 Sediment lipid concentrations Lipids are defined as small water-insoluble biomolecules including fats, fatty acids, esters, sterols, isoprenoid compounds, etc.. Sediment is defined as material collected by a corer (including fluff). 2012-03-01
GHDX Sediment microfossil morphology parameters Parameters relating to the size, shape and form of microfossils in sediment samples 2004-08-17
SPOL Sediment pollen content 2003-06-10
REFF Sediment resistivity 2004-08-17
BEST Sediment resuspension Parameters quantifying the critera for and extent of sediment resuspension 2004-08-17
STCO Sediment thermal conductivity Parameters that describe the degree to which unlithified sediment is able to conduct heat 2010-02-21
WCWT Sediment water content, porosity and surface area Sediment porosity (water content by volume) and water content by weight parameters 2004-08-17
SSTR Sedimentary structure Parameters characterising structure in sedimentary rocks and unlithified sediment such as bedding, lamination and bioturbation. 2010-10-01
A01X Sedimentation flux of alkenones and alkenoates in the water column Parameters quantifying the rate of alkenones (unsaturated aliphatic ketones) and alkenoates (carboxylic acid esters) sinking as particles through any body of water. 2012-03-01
AAFX Sedimentation flux of amino acids and associated compounds in water bodies Parameters quantifying the amount of organic compounds containing both a carboxyl group and an amino group (including compounds such as salts and esters) sinking vertically as particles through a unit area of a water body in units time. 2011-09-08
FPFX Sedimentation flux of biological detritus in the water column Flux of biological detritus (material derived from the water column such as exuvia and faecal pellets) in the water column 2004-08-18
CBFX Sedimentation flux of carbohydates in the water column 2004-10-22
TCFX Sedimentation flux of carbon, nitrogen or organic matter in the water column Fluxes of particulate total, organic and inorganic carbon (including as CaCO3) and nitrogen (often measured as 'total' but assumed to be 'organic'). Organic matter is defined as matter lost on ignition. 2008-11-25
PCFX Sedimentation flux of identified biota expressed as carbon in the water column Fluxes of any biota or remains thereof (excluding faecal pellets which are classed as SPM) downwards through the water column 2004-05-18
PNFX Sedimentation flux of identified biota in the water column Fluxes expressed as number per unit area per unit time of any biota or remains thereof (excluding faecal pellets which are classed as SPM) downwards through the water column 2004-05-18
MLFX Sedimentation flux of metallic and metalloid elements and isotopes in water bodies Parameters quantifying metal and metalloid fluxes as element concentration or isotope activities per unit area per unit time 2011-10-18
OPFX Sedimentation flux of non-metallic inorganic species in the water column Quantity of any inorganic species such as silicon (opal) and phosphorus passing through unit area of the water column in unit time. Carbon and nitrogen are regarded as organic and explicitly excluded 2006-06-13
AXFX Sedimentation flux of pigments in the water column 2004-07-29
LIFX Sedimentation flux of terrestrially derived material in the water column Fluxes of terrestrial biological or lithological material 2004-10-22
MSFX Sedimentation flux quantification in the water column Parameters expressing the total sedimentation flux in terms of particle mass, volume or counts 2004-08-19
SRFL Seismic reflection Parameters relating to the elucidation of geological structure by quantifying the proportion of waves from a high energy source reflected by sub-surface layers. 2007-11-22
SRFR Seismic refraction Parameters relating to the elucidation of geological structure by quantifying the refration of waves from a high energy source by sub-surface layers. 2007-11-22
SABB Shellfish abundance and biomass in water bodies Parameters that quantify the numbers or amount of living material of shellfish (molluscs - including cephalopods - and crustaceans of interest to fisheries research and commercial fisheries) in any body of fresh or salt water. 2018-02-12
SATM Shellfish morphology, age and physiology Parameters that quantify the size, shape, age and life processes (including mortality) of shellfish (molluscs - including cephalopods - and crustaceans of interest to fisheries research and commercial fisheries). 2018-02-12
SREP Shellfish reproduction Parameters that quantify the fecundity, reproductive rates or nature of reproduction in shellfish (molluscs - including cephalopods - and crustaceans of interest to fisheries research and commercial fisheries). 2018-02-12
SSCN Side-scan sonar A technique for mapping the morphology of the seafloor using a sonar swath projected sideways from a towed underwater vehicle. 2006-06-28
SLCA Silicate concentration parameters in the water column Silicate concentration parameters (including statistical parameters such as standard deviation) in the water column 2004-05-27
PSST Skin temperature of the water column Temperature of the water column surface as measured by a radiometer. It does NOT include temperature measurements in the upper few metres of the water column such as thermosalinograph data 2004-07-29
ICHM Snow and ice chemistry Parameters related to the chemical composition of any kind of water sample that was frozen solid at the time of sampling or measurement 2011-02-18
CRYS Snow and ice mass, thickness and extent Measurements of quantity (mass), thickness and spatial extent of snow and ice 2011-02-18
IPHY Snow and ice physical properties and characteristics Parameters related to physical properties (e.g. colour, density, in-situ temperature) or characteristics (e.g. sea ice type) of any kind of water sample that was in its solid state at the time of sampling or measurement 2011-02-18
CSLR Solar Radiation Parameters quantifying the irradiance of the sun impinging on the Earth's surface in the visible and infra-red waveband, generally accepted as wavelengths between 300 and 3000 nm 2008-11-04
SVEL Sound velocity and travel time in the water column 2004-08-19
WVSP Spectral wave data parameters Parameters for directional and non-directional spectral wave data, excluding wave directions derived from spectral data. 2004-07-30
SPAG Speleothem age Measured or stratigraphically estimated ages of secondary mineral deposits in caves. This includes stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, and crystal growths. 2006-06-21
IRBO Stable isotopes in biota Stable isotope parameters (concentrations, ratios and enrichments) from measurements on living (at the time of sampling) organisms or parts thereof. 2017-08-09
IRIC Stable isotopes in ice and snow DEPRECATED Stable isotope parameters (concentrations, ratios and enrichments) in frozen precipitation (snow, hail, ice and slush), its accumulations (e.g. glaciers), sea ice and frozen fresh water. 2017-08-09
SSTB Stable isotopes in sediment Stable isotope parameters (concentrations, ratios and enrichments) in sediment, including biota-associated parameters such as isotope enrichment in foraminifera tests. 2017-08-09
SIPW Stable isotopes in sediment pore waters Stable isotope parameters (concentrations, ratios and enrichments) in either the solute or solvent phase of sediment pore waters. 2017-08-09
IRSP Stable isotopes in speleothems Stable isotope parameters (concentrations, ratios and enrichments) in secondary mineral deposits in caves. This includes stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, and crystal growths. 2017-08-09
ISAT Stable isotopes in the atmosphere Stable isotope parameters (concentrations, ratios and enrichments) in both the gaseous and aerosol phases of the atmosphere. 2017-08-09
WSTB Stable isotopes in water bodies Stable isotope parameters (concentrations, ratios and enrichments) in both the dissolved and particulate phases of any body of fresh or salt water. 2017-08-09
STGC Stomach and gut contents Parameters that characterize or quantify the contents of the stomach and gut of an animal or group of animals. 2016-02-16
MXLM Structure and stability of the water column Parameters describing or predicting water column structure plus parameters quantifying the dynamic stability of that structure 2004-08-16
SUAT Sulphur species concentrations in the atmosphere Concentration of sulphur species (element or compounds) in any phase of the atmosphere. Includes sulphur dioxide. 2006-06-05
SACT Surfactant concentrations in water bodies Parameters quantifying the amount of compounds that lower the surface tension of a liquid, the interfacial tension between two liquids, or that between a liquid and a solid in any body of salt or fresh water. The term surfactants includes detergents, wetting agents, emulsifiers, foaming agents and dispersants. 2011-10-18
ABAG Suspended particulate material aggregates Parameters relating to the abundance, size and morphology of particle aggregates in the SPM 2004-08-17
SPGS Suspended particulate material grain size parameters Includes all SPM grain size measurements and derived statistics 2004-10-26
MDSV Suspended particulate material setting velocity parameters 2004-05-27
STMP Temperature of geological units Parameters that describe the distribution of the degree of hotness within a body of rock or unlithified sediment. 2010-11-04
TEMP Temperature of the water column Temperature parameters in any body of water at any point between the bed and the atmosphere excluding the top few microns sampled by radiometers known as the skin 2007-03-02
PTDZ Temperature variation in the water column Parameters expressing the variation of temperature in the water column either as a function of space or of time 2003-06-10
TD00 Terrestrial detritus in the water column suspended particulate material Parameters quantifying and categorising terrestrially-derived detritus (eg dust and pollen) in the water column 2004-08-18
COAS Terrestrial mapping Parameters relating to the mapping of terrestrial features, including coastlines 2006-05-26
LWET Terrestrial water content Parameters relating to the water held by land masses such as soil and vegetation moisture content 2006-05-26
SR3D Three-dimensional seismic reflection Parameters relating to structure beneath sea-bed determined by the reflection of seismic energy along multiple parallel tracks. 2010-02-21
TCO2 Total dissolved inorganic carbon (TCO2) concentration in the water column 2003-06-10
MTWT Total metal concentrations in water bodies Concentration parameters for metal elements in the combined dissolved and particulate phases of any body of fresh or salt water. 2010-01-27
MDBO Trace metalloid concentrations in biota Concentration parameters for trace metalloid elements in either whole organisms or their constituent parts. Trace metalloids are considered as B, Ge, As, Sb, Te and Po (but not Si which is classed separately because of its major role in environmental chemistry) 2010-01-27
MDSD Trace metalloid concentrations in sediment DEPRECATED Concentration parameters for metalloid elements in sediment. Sediment is understood to be the solid phase of the bed, including the recently settled material sometimes known as fluff collected from the bed surface. Metalloids are considered as B, Ge, As, Sb, Te and Po (but not Si which is classed separately because of its major role in environmental chemistry) 2010-11-05
MDPW Trace metalloid concentrations in sediment pore water Concentration parameters for trace metalloid elements in water occupying the space between sediment grains. Trace metalloids are considered as B, Ge, As, Sb, Te and Po (but not Si which is classed separately because of its major role in environmental chemistry) 2010-01-27
ATTN Transmittance and attenuance of the water column Parameters relating to the rate of electromagnetic radiation intensity decrease as it travels through the water column 2007-11-21
TRAN Transport activity Parameters quantifying the level of activity moving people or cargo from one place to another. 2008-12-09
VDFC Transport in the water column Parameters describing the transport of material, heat or energy in the water column 2004-08-16
EPSI Turbulence in the water column Measured parameters expressing turbulence in the water column plus parameters derived from these measurements 2004-08-16
SR2D Two-dimensional seismic reflection Parameters relating to structure beneath sea-bed determined by the reflection of seismic energy along a single track. 2010-02-21
UVRD Ultra-violet (UV) radiation Parameters relating to the intensity of ultra-violet radiation in either the atmosphere or the water column 2007-11-21
CPCN Unclassified pigment concentrations in sediment Includes all pigments that cannot be explicitly classified as chlorophylls, phaeopigments or carotenoids (usually groups of pigments). Sediment includes anything collected by a grab or corer, including the fluff layer from the top of the consolidated sediment. 2004-10-22
OPWC Unclassified pigment concentrations in the water column Includes all pigments that cannot be explicitly classified as chlorophylls, phaeopigments or carotenoids. Generally, these are parameters where different pigments have been grouped together. Concentrations are expressed in terms of per unit volume or unit area of the water column. Does not include data expressed per unit mass of SPM. 2004-07-07
ZZZZ Unspecified The identity of the parameter is not declared. Covers cases such as internal working parameters and dummy channels. 2008-12-09
PHUP Uptake of other nutrients in the water column Uptake of nutrients other than nitrogen species (ie phosphate and silicate) by the water column 2010-11-08
UREA Urea concentration parameters in the water column Urea concentration parameters (including statistical parameters such as standard deviation) in the water column 2004-05-27
CMFL Variable fluorescence parameters Parameters measured by variable fluorescence instruments such as pump and probe and fast repetition rate fluorometers 2005-02-03
APZA Vertical platform movement Parameters quantifying the upward and downward motion of objects mounting sensors or collecting samples. 2008-12-09
AHGT Vertical spatial coordinates All vertical spatial parameters including depth, height and pressure when used as an independent variable. 2004-03-25
LRZA Vertical velocity of the water column (currents) Vertical water movement parameters including non-directional speeds 2004-08-23
VIRU Virus abundance in water bodies Any enumeration (e.g. count, number per square metre) of viruses in any body of fresh or salt water. 2010-10-22
VSRA Visible waveband radiance and irradiance measurements in the atmosphere Includes visible waveband measurements at discrete wavelengths and PAR integrated values as photon and energy fluxes. Does not include satellite radiometer and associated calibration parameters (e.g. water-leaving radiance and reflectance) 2006-06-05
VSRW Visible waveband radiance and irradiance measurements in the water column Includes measurements at discrete wavelengths and PAR integrated values, measurements as photon and energy fluxes. 2004-07-30
F001 Water body lipid concentrations Lipids are defined as small water-insoluble biomolecules including fats, fatty acids, esters, sterols, isoprenoid compounds, etc.. Water body includes any body of fresh or salt water. As lipids are insoluble in water the concencentrations are associated with the particulate phase. 2012-03-01
WBRX Water body redox potential A measure of the tendency of any body of fresh or salt water to either gain or lose electrons when it is subject to change by introduction of a new species. 2012-02-16
WCTR Water body released tracers Parameters describing the amount in a sample of a tracer (rhodamine, SF6, 3He, etc.) that has been purposely released into a water body to track water mass movements or quantify exchanges with the atmosphere. 2010-10-01
WCPH Water column photography Digital images of the water column obtained using either still or video cameras 2009-04-20
WQBI Water quality bioindicators Parameters quantifying fauna and flora that indicate physical or chemical conditions in the water column such as colonisation depths and abundance of indicator species. 2009-04-20
GWDR Wave direction Direct measurements (including visual estimates) plus statistically derived parameters 2004-08-16
WVST Wave height and period statistics Statistical parameters derived from wave records to express wave height and period. 2004-07-30
HEAV Wave height estimates Measurements of wave height that are not based on the statistical analysis of wave records, such as heave, surface roughness and visual height estimates 2006-06-13
EWSB Wind strength and direction Parameters quantifying the extent or direction of atmospheric movement. Obvious examples are wind velocity, windspeed and wind direction, but can also include derived parameters such as force, energy, power and power density. 2014-05-27
WSTR Wind stress and shear Parameters related to forces due to interactions between atmosphere and the surface of the earth or between atmospheric air masses 2007-02-23
ZADX Zoobenthos dry weight biomass Any quantification of the dry mass of zoobenthos (animals living on, in or near the bed of any water body). Includes animals normally considered planktonic if collected in sediment and data expressed ash-free and in terms of carbon, nitrogen etc.. 2013-08-01
MFAB Zoobenthos generic abundance Any enumeration (e.g. count, number per square metre) of animals living on or near the seabed designated by terms other than taxonomic names (e.g. total). 2010-10-22
MFWW Zoobenthos non taxonomy-related wet weight biomass per unit area of the bed Any zoobenthos wet weight biomass per unit area of the seabed parameters that are not included in parameter group ZWTX. 2004-04-26
ZBTX Zoobenthos taxonomic abundance Any enumeration (e.g. count, number per square metre) of animals living on or near the seabed designated by taxonomic names (e.g. species, genus). 2010-10-22
MFLZ Zoobenthos taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the littoral zone DEPRECATED Any zoobenthos abundance per unit area of the littoral zone (between spring tide high and low water) parameters that are not fish or terrestrial animals (insecta/oligochaeta) 2015-04-08
MFAZ Zoobenthos taxonomy-related ash-free dry weight biomass per unit area of the littoral zone DEPRECATED Any zoobenthos ash-free dry weight biomass per unit area of the littoral zone (between spring tide high and low water) parameters that are not fish or terrestrial animals (insecta/oligochaeta) 2015-04-08
ZOOB Zoobenthos taxonomy-related counts Zoobenthos count parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. These may be at any taxonomic level from sub-species upwards. Count includes presence/absence indicators. 2017-07-17
ZWTX Zoobenthos taxonomy-related wet weight biomass per unit area of the bed Zoobenthos wet weight biomass per unit area parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. Includes animals considered as planktonic if they have been returned from sediment samples. 2017-07-17
DVLP Zooplankton and zoobenthos development stage parameters Development stage parameters (such as proportion but excluding abundance or biomass) of zooplankton and zoobenthos. Benthic and planktonic animals have not been seggregated because there is a degree of overlap (eg shrimps). 2009-07-28
BLEN Zooplankton and zoobenthos morphological parameters Morphological parameters of zooplankton and zoobenthos (essentially any animal except for insects, earthworms or fish), such as size, shape and weight. Benthic and planktonic animals have not been seggregated because there is a degree of overlap (eg shrimps). 2006-09-29
ZFIT Zooplankton and zoobenthos physiological condition parameters Parameters indicating the health of zooplankton and zoobenthos taxa, such as fecundity, egg condition, presence of parasites/diseases etc. 2014-08-04
MSBO Zooplankton ash-free dry weight biomass per unit volume of the water column Zooplankton (mesozooplankton and larger, exclusing fish, mammals, reptiles and insects) biomass determined by gravimetric measurement of loss on ignition 2004-04-23
ZV00 Zooplankton biovolume 2003-06-10
MSIC Zooplankton carbon biomass per unit area of the water column Integrated zooplankton (mesozooplankton and larger, exclusing fish, mammals, reptiles and insects) carbon biomass parameters 2003-06-10
ZCMP Zooplankton chemical composition Chemical composition of zooplankton expressed in terms of mass (or molar quantity) per specimen or per unit tissue mass 2005-08-01
FPRT Zooplankton defecation rates in the water column Faecal pellet production and gut evacuation rates 2007-03-30
MSBD Zooplankton dry weight biomass per unit volume of the water column Zooplankton (mesozooplankton and larger, exclusing fish, mammals, reptiles and insects) biomass determined by drying to constant weight. 2004-04-23
MEPH Zooplankton egg hatch proportion 2003-08-08
FCRT Zooplankton feeding Parameters quantifying the ingestion of food by zooplankton (mesozooplankton and larger but excluding fish) in terms of identified biota or chemical species and the effects of nutrition on life processes such as physiology and reproduction. 2007-03-02
GRZO Zooplankton growth rates Parameters pertaining to zooplankton growth rates including biochemical proxies such as AARS activity 2005-08-02
GPIG Zooplankton gut pigments DEPRECATED Parameters identifying or quantifying zooplankton gut pigments 2016-02-16
ZNTX Zooplankton non taxonomy-related abundance per unit volume of the water column Zooplankton (mesozooplankton plus larger pelagic animals excluding fish, reptiles and mammals) abundance per unit volume parameters not included in group ZATX. Usually used for generic names such as 'mesozooplankton'. 2004-04-19
ZNTC Zooplankton non taxonomy-related biomass expressed as carbon per unit volume of the water column Zooplankton (mesozooplankton plus larger pelagic animals excluding fish, reptiles and mammals) carbon biomass per unit volume parameters not included in group ZCTC. Usually used for generic names such as 'mesozooplankton'. 2004-04-20
ZNTN Zooplankton non taxonomy-related biomass expressed as nitrogen per unit volume of the water column Zooplankton (mesozooplankton plus larger pelagic animals excluding fish, reptiles and mammals) nitrogen biomass per unit volume parameters not included in group ZCTC. Usually used for generic names such as 'mesozooplankton'. 2010-07-19
ZNTP Zooplankton non taxonomy-related biomass expressed as protein per unit volume of the water column Zooplankton (mesozooplankton plus larger pelagic animals excluding fish, reptiles and mammals) protein biomass per unit volume for entities that have not been identified by taxonomic name 2005-08-18
MSEP Zooplankton reproduction rate parameters All parameters related to zooplankton reproduction rates 2003-06-10
ZATX Zooplankton taxonomy-related abundance per unit volume of the water column Zooplankton (mesozooplankton plus larger pelagic animals excluding fish, reptiles and mammals) abundance parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. These may be at any taxonomic level from sub-species upwards. 2017-07-17
ZCTC Zooplankton taxonomy-related biomass expressed as carbon per unit volume of the water column Zooplankton (mesozooplankton plus larger pelagic animals excluding fish, reptiles and mammals) carbon biomass parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. These may be at any taxonomic level from sub-species upwards. 2017-07-17
ZCTN Zooplankton taxonomy-related biomass expressed as nitrogen per unit volume of the water column Zooplankton (mesozooplankton plus larger pelagic animals excluding fish, reptiles and mammals) nitrogen biomass parameters presented at the level of taxa that may be mapped to entities in a standard taxonomy registry such as WoRMS or ITIS. These may be at any taxonomic level from sub-species upwards. 2017-07-17
ZATP Zooplankton taxonomy-related biomass expressed as protein per unit volume of the water column Zooplankton (mesozooplankton plus larger pelagic animals excluding fish, reptiles and mammals) protein biomass per unit volume for entities that have been identified by taxonomic name 2005-08-18
GP079 Zooplankton wet weight biomass Zooplankton (mesozooplankton and larger, exclusing fish, mammals, reptiles and insects) biomass determined by weighing unprocessed catch samples. 2008-12-09
INAP inapplicable There is no appropriate value. 2017-05-02