Water Temperature collected from Trawl fishing vessels in Gulf of Maine and Southern New England Shelf

Date 2020-07
Temporal extent 2006 -2015
Author(s) Manning James1, Pelletier Erin2
Affiliation(s) 1 : Northeast Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA
2 : Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation, Kennebunk, Maine, USA
DOI 10.17882/75394
Publisher SEANOE

Dataset contains bottom temperature data from trawlers in the Gulf of Maine and the South New England Bight. These are ~one mile binned-averaged hourly ocean bottom temperatures obtained with thermistors attached to commercial fishing trawls. The Vemco Minilog instrument used in most cases is accurate to 0.2 degC. Since this is not reporting fast enough (90 seconds) to resolve the vertical structure, only the bottom values are reported here. The water depths range from 7- 456 meters. The variability associated with tidal, wind, seasonal, and inter-annual processes can be depicted at nearly all sites in this multi-year time series. This data was collected as part of the Environmental Monitors on Lobster Traps (eMOLT) project - a non-profit collaboration of industry, science and academics devoted to the monitoring of the physical environment of the Gulf of Maine and the Southern New England Shelf.

Licence CC-BY
Utilisation Thanks to a variety of funding sources including that from the Northeast Cooperative Research and Oceanography Branches at the NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center and the US-IOOS Ocean Technology Transition Program, but, most importantly, thanks to the dozens of captains and their crew for taking the time with us to collect this data and share it with the science community.
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How to cite 

Manning James, Pelletier Erin (2020). Water Temperature collected from Trawl fishing vessels in Gulf of Maine and Southern New England Shelf. SEANOE. https://doi.org/10.17882/75394

In addition to properly cite this dataset, it would be appreciated that the following work(s) be cited too, when using this dataset in a publication :

Manning J, Pelletier E (2014). Environmental monitors on lobster traps (eMOLT): long-term observations of New England’s bottom-water temperatures. Journal of Operational Oceanography, 2(1), 25-33. https://doi.org/10.1080/1755876X.2009.11020106