Abstract: This single CD-ROM contains hydrographic and marine mammal data obtained from the Gulf of Mexico under the auspices of Texas A&M University (TAMU) and the Texas Institute of Oceanography. The data were collected and prepared as part of two U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored programs: the Ship of Opportunity Program (SOOP) and the Gulf Cetacean (GulfCet) ... Program. SOOP data on the CD-ROM include CTD, XBT, and bottle data collected from 1987-1995. GulfCet data include CTD, XBT, and Marine Mammals Database from 1992-1994.
The files on this CD-ROM are divided into two data groups: TAMU-OCEANOGRAPHY and TAMU-GULFCET. Data are reported from 695 CTD and 707 XBT stations in the TAMU-OCEANOGRAPHY section, and from 256 CTD and 580 XBT stations in the TAMU-GULFCET section.
The TAMU-OCEANOGRAPHY hydrographic data were collected over the Gulf of Mexico, prior to and subsequent to as well concurrent with the GulfCet project. The data archived here have been drawn from 46 cruises on three research vessels over a 9-year period from March 1987 through June 1995, collected by Texas A&M University Technical Support Services Group.
The TAMU-GULFCET hydrographic data were collected by researchers from the Texas Institute of Oceanography and from Texas A&M University at Galveston during the course of a 2-year field program to study the "Distribution and Abundance of Marine Mammals in the North-Central and Western Gulf of Mexico" in 1992 and 1993. GulfCet hydrographic data were collected over the continental slope of Texas and Louisiana on seven TAMU-sponsored cruises, one cruise per season, from April 1992 through December 1993. The data on the CD-ROM include marine mammal sightings.
The data collected by CTD, XBT and Bottle includes salinity and temperature profiles, nutrients (silicate, phosphate, nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, urea), dissolved oxygen, and pigments (chlorophyll and phaeopigments from fluorescence)
In addition, processed data, geopotential anomaly calculations (dynamic height, mass transport), and data format information files are available on the CD-ROM.
[This summary was derived from NODC Environmental Information Bulletin No. 97-1.}