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Documentation of the U.S. Geological Survey Oceanographic Time-Series Measurement Database

Open-File Report 2007-1194

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DOI:10.3133/ofr20071194

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Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Oceanographic Time-Series Data Collection (previously named the USGS Oceanographic Time-Series Measurement Database) contains oceanographic observations made as part of studies designed to increase understanding of sediment transport processes and associated dynamics. Analysis of these data has contributed to more accurate prediction of the movement and fate of sediments and other suspended materials in the coastal ocean. The measurements were collected primarily by investigators at the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC) and colleagues, beginning in 1975. Most of the field experiments were carried out on the U.S. continental shelf and slope.

This report describes the instrumentation and platforms used to make the measurements; the methods used to process, apply quality-control criteria, and archive the data; the data storage format, and how the data are released and distributed. The report also includes instructions on how to access the data from the online database at http://stellwagen.er.usgs.gov/. As of 2016, the database contains about 5,000 files, which may include observations of current velocity, wave statistics, ocean temperature, conductivity, pressure, and light transmission at one or more depths over some duration of time.

Suggested Citation

Montgomery, E.T., Martini, M.A., Lightsom, F.L. and Butman, Bradford, 2016, Documentation of the U.S. Geological Survey Oceanographic Time-Series Measurement Database (ver. 2.0, April 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007–1194, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20071194.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

ISSN: 0196-1497 (print)

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Database Contents
  • Data Collection
  • Data Processing
  • Data Validation
  • Data Management
  • Database Access Via the Web
  • Network Common Data Format (NetCDF) Storage
  • Software Necessary for Use of Information in the Database
  • Citing Use of Data in This Collection
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. File Naming Convention
  • Metadata

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Documentation of the U.S. Geological Survey Oceanographic Time-Series Measurement Database
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2007-1194
DOI:
10.3133/ofr20071194
Year Published:
2008
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s):
Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
Y