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Please recognize the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Southwest Washington Coastal Erosion Study (SWWCES) as the source of this information.
Water depth relative to NAVD88 was calculated by first determining the primary tidal station used for a particular survey. This information was obtained from original smooth sheets and/or descriptive reports where possible, or assumed where such information didn't exist. Relative offsets between MLLW and NAVD88 at each tidal station was determined based on geodetic information provided for NOS benchmarks, determined by independent geodetic surveys conducted by the Department of Ecology, or estimated where no other information was available. The NAVD88 values were thus calucalated by adding the relative differences between datums to the MLLW depth values. In some cases, a larger datum correction was applied to offset obvious bias in the original data set. An in-depth description of the methodolgy employed for these conversions, along with a discussion of specific corrections, are available in Buijsman, et al., 2002.
DATA SET SPECIFIC INFORMATION: For the data set: h4620_1926 The primary tidal station used is: Ft. Stevens The source used to determine the tidal station: USC&GS Descriptive Report The vertical datum relative to NAVD88 is: -0.16 meters The conversion applied to charted depths: -0.16 meters
114 points on 2+ tracklines north of Grays Harbor were tagged with a cartographic code of 999 because of inconsistent crossing depths. 384 points, where soundings from H4620 overlapped with H4658 were tagged with a cartographic code of 888, where there was an apparent. +/- 1-2 m difference between the two surveys. Some points maintained where h4658 data were sparce and at the seaward edge of the ebb tidal delta.
Only soundings with a cartographic code of 711 should be used for analysis.