Accession Number:

ADA220769

Title:

Quality Control and Management of Oceanographic Wave-Gage Data

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER VICKSBURG MS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

The processing, analysis, and quality control of oceanographic wave data is a complex procedure. Quality control at each step of the analysis is vital to ensure that the results accurately represent the physical environment that was monitored. A central theme of this report is that a skilled analyst must examine the data graphically. Three of the most common sources of data errors are 1 malfunctions of the instrument during deployment 2 errors during data transfer to the users computer and 3 inadequate validation of the software used to process the data. Of the three classes of error, gage malfunction is the most serious, because often the data are irretrievable. Data- transfer problems are subtle and can usually be corrected. The software that is used to process the data must be developed and used with a sensitivity to the severe conditions that are often encountered in the marine environment. Keywords Oceanographic data Ocean waves Data transfer errors Directional wave gages Data management Data processing.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE