The UK National Tide Gauge Network is owned and operated by the Environment Agency on behalf of the UK Coastal Flood Forecasting service (a partnership between the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure – Rivers. It records tidal elevations at 44 locations around the UK coast. Data is made available in near real time with measurements reported every 15 mins. The measurements provide mean sea level within each 15 min window and are reported both relative to local datum (unit m) and relative to the Ordnance Datum at Newlyn (unit mAOD).
Chapter 2: Physical Characteristics
The seabed surface and its underlying rock formations are a complex mix of geological structures and sediments. This layer is a Web Map Service (WMS) from MAREMAP (Marine Environmental Mapping Programme) from data provided by British Geological Survey. It displays the offshore UK Contintental Shelf Seabed Sediments (1:1M scale).
Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) Tide Gauge Network, provide a long time series of sea level data.
This layer shows tidal gauges or river gauges below MHWS.
This layer presents a 30-year (1971-2000) salinity climatology for near-bed regions of the NW European shelf seas, with a resolution of 1/6 longitude by 1/10 latitude. The data have been extracted from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) data centre and supplemented by additional records from the World Ocean Data Centre (WODC). From the original data, which are irregularly distributed in space and time, the mean monthly temperature and salinity are calculated, as well as the climatic mean annual cycle. The climatology presented here is an improvement upon all existing climatologies presented in the literature for the NW European shelf; covering a wider area on a finer scale and including the surface and near-bed distribution of both temperature and salinity. Comparison of our data with existing climatologies shows good agreement, with differences occurring where our climatology is an improvement. This climatology, which will prove to be valuable to many users in the marine community will be regularly updated and made available to all users via the ICES data centre.