Tidal Data Collection Options Study.
NAVAL OCEAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY NSTL STATION MS
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This study examines potential options for collecting tidal data to support airborne bathymetric survey operations. Such operations have the potential for covering hundreds of square miles of coastline in a few days of operation. Conversely, tidal fluctuations must be observed for 28-30 days to establish the proper tidal datum and corrections factors also tide data must be taken at a sufficient number of locations to account for distortions due to underwater topography. This study considers the operational requirements for tide data collection and the methods for meeting these requirements, Operational requirements include accuracy specification, duration, sampling frequency, and data format. Methods for meeting these requirements include hardware approaches and computer modeling or some combination of both. This study includes estimates of time and cost to develop and implement each option that appears feasible.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography