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WODselect COMMA SEPARATED VALUE ("csv") FORMAT DESCRIPTION

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GENERAL:

The "WODselect csv format" is a space and comma-separated values format. Each value field is separated by commas, for easy computer access of the data,
with space separation to also make the file readable with the human eye.

Each oceanographic cast starts with the keyword CAST in the first column, and is split into the following general content sections which are marked
with the following text labels in the first column field:

Biological code information can be read from the WOD09 code list.

GENERAL FIELDS:
 
Starting Indicator Ending Indicator Content
CAST next section start Station position, date, and cruise identification
METADATA next section start Country, NODC accession#, ship/platform, project, institution, meteorology, and other measurement related information
VARIABLES END OF VARIABLES SECTION profile measurements (if present)
BIOLOGY METADATA BIOLOGY plankton sampling information (if present)
BIOLOGY END OF BIOLOGY SECTION plankton measurements (if present)

 
CAST / METADATA / BIOLOGY METADATA:
 
Column #1 Column #2 Column #3 Column #4 Column #5
KEY WORD Specific measured variable
(empty if general metadata)
Value Units
or code type
Text description

 
Example: "CAST" section
 
CAST   7550947 WOD Unique Station WOD code
NODC Cruise ID   GE_9629   NODC code
Latitude   -11.3338 decimal degrees  

 
Example: "METADATA" section
 
Country   GE ISO code GERMANY
Ship/platform   7977 WOD code METEOR
Dataset Temperature 4 WOD code CTD: TYPE UNKNOWN

 
Example: "BIOLOGY METADATA" section
 
Water_volume   23.4 m3(cubic meters)  
Mesh_size   54 um (micrometers)  
Gear_code   101 WOD code  

 
VARIABLES (profile data):
F - individual level WOD flag
O - individual level originator's flag

 
VARIABLE Depth F O Variable 1 F O ... Variable nv F O
UNITS m     variable 1
units
    ... variable nv
units
   
Prof-Flag (entire profile)   (WOD code)     (WOD code)   ...   (WOD code)  
depth level 1 orig. depth
value at
level 1
depth WOD flag at level 1 depth origs. flag at level 1 variable 1 value at level 1 variable 1 WOD flag at level 1 variable 1 origs. flag at level 1 ... variable nv value at level 1 variable nv WOD flag at level 1 variable nv
origs. flag
at level 1
depth level 2 orig. depth
value at
level 2
depth
WOD flag at
level 2
depth
origs. flag at
level 2
variable 1
value at
level 2
variable 1
WOD flag at
level 2
variable 1
origs. flag at
level 2
... variable nv
value at
level 2
variable nv
WOD flag at
level 2
variable nv
origs. flag at
level 2
... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
depth level nz orig. depth
value at
level nz
depth
WOD flag
at level nz
depth
origs. flag
at level nz
variable 1
value at
level nz
variable 1
WOD flag
at level nz
variable 1
origs. flag
at level nz
... variable nv
value at
level nz
variable nv
WOD flag at
level nz
variable nv
origs. flag at
level nz
Example: "VARIABLES" section
VARIABLES Depth F O Temperature F O ... Oxygen F O
UNITS m     degrees C     ... ml/l    
Prof-Flag   0     0   ...   0 2
1 12.23 0 2 25.4467 0 2 ... 4.575 0 2
2 30.72 0 2 25.4405 0 2 ... 4.584 0 2
3 50.80 0 2 19.9403 0 2 ... 4.784 0 2
... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
15 993.99 0 2 4.1416 0 2 ... ---.--- 0 2

Missing values are indicated with a "--.--"  at the appropriate depth level(s)


 
BIOLOGY: Fixed position, blank field if value not present
 
Column # Column name Column description Example
1 BIOLOGY count of biology information set 1
2 Upper Z upper range of sampling depths (in meters) 0
3 Lower Z lower range of sampling depths (in meters) 200
4 Value Type type of value present in column 5 Taxon count, Wet Mass, etc.
5 ORIGINAL VALUE value of original measurement (value)
6 F originator's flag (if provided) WOD code
7 Orig Unit units of original measurement #/m2, mg/haul
8 WOD CBV value value after calculation to standard units of "#/m3", "mg/m3" or "ml/m3" (value)
9 F World Ocean Database CBV flag WOD code
10 _unit CBV standard units #/m3, mg/m3, or ml/m3
11 _meth calculation method WOD code
12 WOD PGC World Ocean Database Plankton Grouping Code 4212000 ( = zooplankton, crustacean, copepod)
13 ITIS TSN/Name ITIS Taxonomic Serial Number/Name 85272 ( = Calanus finmarchicus )
14 mod any taxonomic modifier WOD code ( sp., spp., ...)
15 sex any sex indicators WOD code ( male, female )
16 lif any life stage indicators WOD code (egg, larva, copepodite, ... )
17 trp any trophic indicators WOD code (parasitic, autotrophic, ...)
18 rlm any realm indicators WOD code (benthic, pelagic, endobiotic, ...)
19 ftr taxon shape WOD code
20 spm count method WOD code (special dyes or lighting)
21 min size minimum size WOD code or mm
22 max size maximum size WOD code or mm
23 ind length taxon length microns
24 ind width taxon width microns
25 ind rad taxon radius microns
26 tsv observation-specific sampled volume used for multi-net samplers

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