Tidal datums and their applications.
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Gill, Stephen K.
Schultz, John R.
Pages102pp. & Appendix
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The United Nations declared 1998 to be the International Year of the Ocean. This declaration provides an opportunity to rais e public awareness of a fundamental boundary defined by the intersection of the ocean with th e land. This intersection is not as simple as it may seem. It is determined by a plane called a tidal datum, and refers to an average height of the water level at particular phases of the tidal cycle. This vertical reference surface is derived from water level measurements record ed along coastlines, estuaries, and tidal rivers of the United States. Tidal datum planes, refe renced to a system of bench marks, are fundamental to the determination of the spatial coordinates of latitude, longitude, and elevation relative to mean sea level. Tidal datums are chiefly used to determine horizontal boundaries, and for estimating heights or depths. The legal determinations of private and public lands, state owned tide lands, state.....
PublisherNOAA, NOS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services
Silver Spring, MD
Series;NrNOAA Special Publication NOS CO-OPS;1
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Sea surface height
Best Practice TypeBest Practice
CitationGill, S.K. and Schultz, J.R. (eds) (2001) Tidal datums and their applications. Silver Spring MD, NOAA, NOS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, 102pp. & Appendix. (NOAA Special Publication NOS CO-OPS 1). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-170
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