CSV Format Description

Date Time Format

The date and time are presented in the following format mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm and are recorded in UTC.

Latitude/Longitude

Positions are presented in decimal degrees with latitudes north of the equator represented as positive values and longitudes west of the Prime Meridian represented as  positive values.

Depth

The depth values are presented in metres.

QUALITY CODES

The quality codes are based on the IGOSS quality codes. Quality codes are assigned subjectively to individual spectral records based on the shape of the spectral curve and relative values of significant wave height (VCAR) and peak period (VTPK) as recomputed from the spectra by OSD. No assessment of any additional reported parameters is implied by the quality code.

QC Flag Description
0 Blank - No quality control (QC) has been performed
1 Good - QC has been performed: record appears correct
3 Doubtful - QC has been performed: record appears doubtful
4 Erroneous - QC has been performed: record appears erroneous
5 Changes - The record has been changed as a result of QC
6 Acceptable - QC has been performed: record seems inconsistent with other records
7 Off Position - There is a problem with the buoy position or mooring.  Data may still be useful.
8 Reserved
9 Reserved - indicates missing elements

PARAMETER CODES

Parameter codes are GF3 standard where applicable.

WAVE HEIGHT CODES
VCAR Characteristic significant wave height (m)
VWH$ Characteristic significant wave height (reported by the buoy) (m)
VCMX Maximum zero crossing wave height (reported by the buoy) (m)
WAVE PERIOD CODES
VTPK Wave spectrum peak period (s)
VTP$ Wave spectrum peak period (reported by the buoy) (s)
METEOROLOGICAL & OCEANOGRAPHIC CODES
WDIR Direction from which the wind is blowing (°)
WSPD Horizontal wind speed (m/s)
WSS$ Horizontal scalar wind speed (m/s)
GSPD Gust wind speed (m/s)
ATMS Sea level atmospheric pressure (mb)
DRYT Dry bulb air temperature (°C)
SSTP Sea surface temperature (°C)