AdriFOOS Depth/Temperature profiles dataset 2012-2020

From 2003 to 2013, the Ancona section of CNR-IRBIM (formerly part of CNR-Institute of Marine Science) runned the “Fishery Observing System” (FOS) program aimed at using Italian fishing vessels as Vessels Of Opportunity (VOOs) for the collection of scientifically useful datasets (Falco et al. 2007). Some commercial fishing vessels, targetting small pelagic species in the northern and central Adriatic Sea, were equipped with an integrated system for the collection of information on catches, position of the fishing operation, depth and water temperature during the haul, producing a great amount of data that demonstrated to be helpful both for oceanographic and fishery biology purposes (Carpi et al. 2015; Aydoğdu et a. 2016; Sparnocchia et al. 2016; Lucchetti et al. 2018).

In 2012, thanks to the participation to some national and international projects (e.g. SSD-Pesca, EU-FP7 JERICO etc.), CNR started the development of a new modular “Fishery & Oceanography Observing System” (FOOS; Patti et al. 2016). New sensors for oceanographic and meteorological data allow nowadays the FOOS to collect more parameters, with higher accuracy and to send them directly to a data center in near real time (Martinelli et al. 2016; Sparnocchia et al. 2017). Furthermore, the FOOS is a multifunction system able to collect various kind of data from the fishing operations and also to send back to the fishermen useful information (e.g. weather and sea forecasts, etc.) through an electronic logbook with an ad hoc software embedded. The new FOOS installed on various kind of fishing vessels targetting different resources, allowed a spatial extension of the monitored areas in the Mediterranean Sea (Patti et al. 2016).

CNR-IRBIM implemented the “AdriFOOS” observational system, by installing the FOOS on some commercial fishing boats operating in the Adriatic Sea. Since then the datacenter based in Ancona receives daily data sets of environmental parameters collected along the water column and close to the sea bottom (eg. temperature, salinity, etc.), together with GPS haul tracks, catch amounts per haul, target species sizes and weather information. Some temperature and salinity measurements acquired by the FOOS in the Adriatic Sea from January 2014 to March 2015 were published within the JERICO project and some oxygen and fluorescence profiles obtained in 2017 within the NEXOS project.

The dataset here presented contains 14810 depth (pressure)/temperature profiles collected by 10 vessels of the AdriFOOS fleet in the period 2012-2020. All the profiles were subjected to quality control.Data are flagged according the L20 (SEADATANET MEASURAND QUALIFIER FLAGS).


Fisheries and aquaculture, Physical oceanography


Oceanography, Temperature profiles, Operational Oceanography, Fisheries Sciences, VOOS, Fishing Vessels, Marine Monitoring Systems


45.9217N, 39.7782S, 19.7525E, 11.2545W


model of sensor:SP2T 300m PR;

temperature range: -5 to 35 [°C];
temperature accuracy=0.05 [°C];
temperature rensponse time (63%); <0.5 [s]
pressure range: 0-300 [dbar];
pressure accuracy:0.03% f.s.;
data acquisition rate: 1 [Hz];


Depth/temperature profiles collected by AdriFOOS during 2012-2020
25 MoODVQuality controlled data
Depth/temperature profiles collected by AdriFOOS during 2012-2020
3 MoNetCDFQuality controlled data
How to cite
Penna Pierluigi, Belardinelli Andrea, Croci Camilla Sofia, Domenichetti Filippo, Martinelli Michela (2020). AdriFOOS Depth/Temperature profiles dataset 2012-2020. SEANOE.

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