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Sea Level Data (Hourly) (F184)

This format, designed in conjunction with the Joint Archive for Sea Level at the University of Hawaii, is used to report hourly values. The format contains four record types:

1 - HEADER 1, DATE, POSITION, TIME AND LEVEL REFERENCE, AND UNITS
2 - HEADER 2, STATION NAME, COUNTRY, AND CONTRIBUTING AGENCY
3 - STATION INFORMATION, QUALITY ASSESSMENT, AND PROCESSING POLICY
4 - HOURLY SEA LEVEL VALUES IN MILLIMETERS

Each file format contains 80-byte, fixed-length records, which are sorted by unique station, date, and record type. The first nine columns of all records are FILE TYPE (bytes 1-3) and TRACK NUMBER (bytes 4-9), which is used by NODC internally. The file types for sea level will be 184, 185, or 186 for hourly, daily, and monthly values, respectively.

The fields of each record type are described shortly, but first, general characteristics of the data set and important information in the header records are discussed.

The data are linked to fixed bench marks of a sea level station. Data segments from the same site that are not linked to common bench marks are considered two independent time series and are given unique names that are distinguished by suffixing a letter alphabetically, such as Baltra-A and Baltra-B. The REFERENCE LEVEL OFFSET (record 1, bytes 64-68) is a constant that must be added to each value so the data are relative to the tide staff zero or the primary data. It is equal to 00000 in almost all cases. A REFERENCE FLAG, R, (byte 69) is suffixed to the REFERENCE LEVEL OFFSET to denote that the data are linked to a fixed datum.

The time reference of the data is given by a TIME ZONE OFFSET (record 1, bytes 71-74) in hours (to tenths with implied decimal). The data are relative to GMT (TIME ZONE OFFSET = 0000) unless the local time is offset from GMT by a non- integer value, in which case EAST of Greenwich is defined as '+' and WEST as '-'. For example, the data for Colombo, Sri Lanka are relative to a local time zone of GMT plus 5.5 hours; thus, TIME ZONE OFFSET equals 0055.

The NODC station number (records 1 and 2, bytes 11-18) is a 6-digit WMO number, which is unique to a one-degree square, suffixed with a 2-digit random number/ character. In some cases, independent time segments may exist for a unique site as noted above; however, the NODC station number is the same for all independent time segments of a unique site.

Next, each field of the four record types is described. Note SC is the starting character or byte position in the record for the given field.

RECORD TYPE 1:
PARAMETER DESCRIPTION STARTING COLUMN FIELD LENGTH
FILE HEADER RECORDALWAYS "1"101
NODC ASSIGNED STATION IDUNIQUE CONCATENATION OF WMO TEN+ ONE+ 2 CHARACTERS118
BLANKS191
TIDE STATION IDORIGINATOR'S STATION IDENTIFIER2010
BLANKS301
DATEYYYYMMDD - STARTING DATE318
BLANKS391
DATEYYYYMMDD - ENDING DATE408
BLANKS481
LATITUDEDDMM PLUS HEMISPHERE 'N' OR 'S'495
BLANKS541
LONGITUDEDDDMM PLUS HEMISPHERE 'E' OR 'W'556
BLANKS611
AVERAGING METHODONE-CHARACTER CODE - as follows:621
1 : filtered
2 : simple average
3 : spot reading
4 : other or unknown
BLANKS631
REFERENCE LEVEL OFFSETCONSTANT OFFSET THAT MUST BE ADDED TO EACH DATA VALUE FOR DATA TO BE RELATIVE TO TIDE STAFF ZERO OR PRIMARY DATUM. (IN SAME UNITS AS SEA LEVEL DATA).645
DATA REFERENCEDONE-CHARACTER CODE - as follows:691
R : data linked to bench marks
X : data not linked to bench marks
BLANKS701
TIME ZONE OFFSETXXXX - + OR - HOURS TO TENTHS FROM GMT714
BLANKS751
SEA LEVEL UNITSXX ALWAYS MM (MILLIMETERS)762
BLANKS783
RECORD TYPE 2:
PARAMETER DESCRIPTION STARTING COLUMN FIELD LENGTH
SECOND HEADER RECORDALWAYS "2"101
NODC ASSIGNED STATION IDUNIQUE CONCATENATION OF WMO TEN+ ONE+ 2 CHARACTERS118
STATION NAMENAME OF TIDE STATION2016
BLANKS361
COUNTRYNAME OR ABREVIATION WHERE TIDE STATION IS LOCATED3716
BLANKS531
AGENCYDATA CONTRIBUTOR5428
RECORD TYPE 3:
PARAMETER DESCRIPTION STARTING COLUMN FIELD LENGTH
DOCUMENTATION RECORDALWAYS "3"101
SEQUENCESEQUENTIAL NUMBER FOR DOCUMENTATION RECORDS114
TEXTDOCUMENTATION TEXT1566
RECORD TYPE 4:
PARAMETER DESCRIPTION STARTING COLUMN FIELD LENGTH
HOURLY DATA RECORDALWAYS "4"1011
BLANKS111
DATEYYYYMMDD - HOURLY DATA128
CONTINUATION CODEONE-CHARACTER CODE201
1 = 1ST 12 HRS. OF DAY (0000-1100)
2 = 2ND 12 HRS. OF DAY (1200-2300)
SEA LEVEL 1SEA LEVEL AT 0000 OR 1200 HRS.215
SEA LEVEL 2SEA LEVEL AT 0100 OR 1300 HRS.265
SEA LEVEL 3SEA LEVEL AT 0200 OR 1400 HRS.315
SEA LEVEL 4SEA LEVEL AT 0300 OR 1500 HRS.365
SEA LEVEL 5SEA LEVEL AT 0400 OR 1600 HRS.415
SEA LEVEL 6SEA LEVEL AT 0500 OR 1700 HRS.465
SEA LEVEL 7SEA LEVEL AT 0600 OR 1800 HRS.515
SEA LEVEL 8SEA LEVEL AT 0700 OR 1900 HRS.565
SEA LEVEL 9SEA LEVEL AT 0800 OR 2000 HRS.615
SEA LEVEL 10SEA LEVEL AT 0900 OR 2100 HRS.66 5
SEA LEVEL 11SEA LEVEL AT 1000 OR 2200 HRS.715
SEA LEVEL 12SEA LEVEL AT 1100 OR 2300 HRS.765

Missing data are flagged as '99999'.


NODC Code Table used with This Format
0505DECIMATION TECHNIQUE
1-- FILTERED
2 -- SIMPLE AVERAGE - 15 MINUTE VALUES PER GIVEN HOUR; ALL HOURLY VALUES PER GIVEN DAY; ALL DAILY VALUES PER GIVEN MONTH.
3 -- SPOT READINGS
4-- OTHER

NODC Code Table USED With This Format
0506DATA REFERENCE INDICATOR
R-- DATA REFERENCED TO DATUM
X-- DATA NOT REFERENCED

NODC Code Table Used With This Format
0507INTERPOLATION METHOD
0-- NONE
1-- SIMPLE
2 -- CUBIC SPLINE
9 -- NOT AVAILABLE
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