The November 2020 mooring was deployed on cruise DY116 after a six month delay due to COVID restrictions.

The 30m frame was not deployed and only surface instrumentation is available in NRT.

On 20th Feb 2021, the battery unit failed on the transmitter and no NRT data are currently being sent. Data should still be recorded onboard the instrumnets adn will be recovered when the mooring is serviced in March.

Below are the graphs generated in near-real time from data gathered at PAP and transmitted via iridium servers up until the faulire.                      
Click on an image to see a larger version.

Note - the Met system uses a seperate transmission system that is still operating as normal


Other data, including that from the two microcat sensors, were collected at the site but were not transmitted in near-real time.

After recovery, data were archived at the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) and can be accessed at: BODC PAP Collection. Please use the search term Porcupine or #5192 to find our data.


Click here to view engineering graphs 
Date and time of receipt of latest data

Oceanographic instruments on buoy, operating in near real time


Aanderaa Oxygen

Aanderaa sensor Oxygen at surface

Carbon Dioxide

Carbon Dioxide at 1m

Carbon Dioxide on keel

Carbon Dioxide at 1m (second sensor)

Carbon Dioxide on sensor frame

Carbon Dioxide in air

Carbon Dioxide in air


Chlorophyll-a Wetlabs

Chlorophyll-a : Wetlabs

Surface Irradiance

Irradiance 3

Irradiance 3 (surface)

MetOffice UK Meteorological Data

PAP is part of the MetOffice network of weather buoys, click here to view the full network.

Air Pressure

Met Office Air Pressure


Met Office Humidity data


Met Office Temperatures plotted with NCEP

Mooring Position

Mooring Position

Mooring position

Last 7 days Track

Last 7 days Mooring track

Mooring Position from Met Iridium Transmitter

Mooring position

PAP1 mooring

Contact at NOCS, UK

Biogeochemical sensors

Dr Sue Hartman

Seafloor (4850 m)

Seafloor samples have been taken at the PAP site since 1985. The following techniques are used to observe change over time:


Used for

Contact at NOCS, UK


Megafaunal species abundance,  diversity and biomass

Dr Brian Bett, Dr Jen Durden

Sea Floor Photography

AUV and towed camera photography for spatial studies.  High resolution time-lapse photography (8 hours) in fixed location

Dr Brian Bett, Dr Jen Durden

Sediment Cores

Megacorer (a type of multiple corer) for infauna and geochemistry

Dr Brian Bett, Dr Jen Durden

Baited Traps

Time series observation of scavenging assemblage. Data available from OBIS

Dr Tammy Horton