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Historic tide gauge records from Scott Base 1957-1959 and 1988-1990
Entry ID: K042_1989_1990_NZ_1

Abstract: The tidal pattern in polar regions exhibits unusual features and is diurnal rather than the 12 hour period observed at lower latitudes. A site at Scott Base is about as far south as it is possible to establish a tide gauge in open water. Continued operation of a tide gauge for an indefinite period is required to determine the tidal constituents, mean sea level (which requires at least a 19 year record) and to provide annual tide preditions. A tide gauge was installed at Scott Base from 1957-1959 with tide height recorded hourly. Records are kept on microfilm or reported by MacDonald and Burrows (1962). Another tide gauge was installed and functioned continuously from November 1988 to February 1990 except for a 2 week period of lost data in early January 1990.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -77.86   S: -77.86   E: 177.8   W: 177.8

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1957-01-01
Stop Date: 1959-12-31

Start Date: 1988-11-01
Stop Date: 1990-02-28
ISO Topic Category
TIDE GAUGES Ancillary Description
Quality Land Information New Zealand holds sea level data from Scott Base for 1957-59, 1988-91 and 2001-08.They are currently working towards having this information available online. Until such time, please contact:

Glen Rowe
Senior Data Analyst (Sea Level)
Hydrographic Services
Land Information New Zealand
Toitu te Whenua
160 Lambton Quay
Private Box 5501
DDI: +64 4 460 0569
Fax: +64 4 498 3837
Data Set Progress
Data Center
Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand Antarctic Institute, New Zealand Supplemental Info
Data Center URL: http://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +64 3 358 0200
Fax: +64 3 358 0211
Email: s.gordon at antarcticanz.govt.nz
Contact Address:
Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand
Phone: +64 7 856 1742
Fax: +64 7 856 0151
Email: r.bell at niwa.co.nz
Contact Address:
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research - New Zealand
PO Box 11-115
City: Hamilton
Postal Code: 3251
Country: New Zealand
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Gilmour, A.E. Winter measurements of sea currents in McMurdo Sound. New Zealand journal of geology and geophysics 5(5): 778-789, 1962.

Macdonald, W.J.P. Burrows, A.L. Sea-level recordings at Scott Base, Antarctica, 1957. New Zealand journal of geology and geophysics 2(2): 297-314, 1959.

Heath, R.A. 1971. Tidal constants for McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 5: 376-380.
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DIF Creation Date: 2006-11-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23

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