Dissolved inorganic nutrients in the western Mediterranean Sea (2004–2017)

Belgacem, Malek; Chiggiato, Jacopo; Borghini, Mireno; Pavoni, Bruno; Cerrati, Gabriella; Acri, Francesco; Cozzi, Stefano; Ribotti, Alberto; Álvarez, Marta; Lauvset, Siv K.; Schroeder, Katrin

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

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Belgacem, Malek / Chiggiato, Jacopo / Borghini, Mireno / et al: Dissolved inorganic nutrients in the western Mediterranean Sea (2004–2017). 2020. Copernicus Publications.

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