Project PROBE Leg II - Final Report and Archive of Swath Bathymetric Sonar, CTD/XBT and GPS Navigation Data Collected During USGS Cruise 03008 (NOAA Cruise RB0303) Puerto Rico Trench 18 February - 7 March, 2003
Series_Name: Open-File Report
Publication_Place: Woods Hole, MA
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey Coastal and Marine Geology Program
"The Expendable Bathythermograph (XBT) has been used by oceanographers for many years to obtain information on the temperature structure of the ocean to depths of up to 1500 meters. The XBT... is a probe which is dropped from a ship and measures the temperature as it falls through the water. Two very small wires transmit the temperature data to the ship where it is recorded for later analysis. The probe is designed to fall at a constant rate, so that the depth of the probe can be inferred from the time since it was launched. By plotting temperature as a function of depth, the [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Geological Survey] scientists can get a picture of the temperature profile of the water." (<http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/phod/uot/uot_xbt.html>). The XBT device and location where it was dropped was engineered by the USGS Science Cruise 03008 in collaboration with NOAA Research Cruise RB0303 from 18 February to 7 March 2003, Leg II of III. (Leg I and III: 20020924 to 20020930 and 20030828 to 20030904, respectively). This data set is in shapefile format.
To show the coordingate system location stations using the longitude, the latitude, and the dates where and when XBT equipment was launched.
Currentness_Reference: publication date
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: None planned
Theme_Keyword: Expendable Bathythermograph
Theme_Keyword: Sippican MK-12 XBT
Theme_Keyword: ocean temperature
Theme_Keyword: point shapefile
Theme_Keyword: USGS Cruise 03008
Theme_Keyword: NOAA Cruise RB0303
Place_Keyword: North America
Place_Keyword: North Atlantic Ocean
Place_Keyword: Puerto Rico
Place_Keyword: US Possessions
Place_Keyword: US Caribbean Island
Place_Keyword: Atlantic Ocean
Place_Keyword: Caribbean Sea
Place_Keyword: Puerto Rico Trench
Place_Keyword: U.S. Geological Survey
Place_Keyword: Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Place_Keyword: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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Although this dataset has been used by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and The U.S. Geological Survey, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by NOAA or the USGS as to the accuracy of the data and/or related materials. The act of distribution shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by NOAA or the USGS in the use of these data or related materials.
Format_Name: ArcView shapefile
Format_Specification: point shapefile
Format_Information_Content: The six files (xbt.dbf, xbt.prj, xbt.shp, xbt.shx xbt.xml)
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