GLOSS Station Handbook

GLOSS Station Handbook – Suva

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Station information

Gloss number122
Station nameSuva
Time zone180E, GMT + 12hrs
Latitude (+ve N)-18.13333
Longitude (+ve E)178.43333
Observation periods1975-1988 Float/stilling well
1989- Acoustic added
Responsible countryAustralia
Authority responsible for tide gaugeNational Tidal Centre, Australia (see GLOSS Contact Points).
GLOSS contactAustralia
Committed to GLOSSYes
Location map
Digital dataYes
Aditional parametersBarometric pressure, wind speed & direction, air & water temperature
Data acquisition rateRecorded at 6 minute intervals
Fast delivery data at UHSLCData 018 File format
High frequency data at BODCData 122 Document 77230 Document 57284
High frequency data at UHSLCData 018a Data 018b Document 018a Document 018b File format
Real-time data availableYes
Additional parameters (real-time)None
Tide gauge benchmarkNOS benchmark disk stamped '1 1989' set in concrete sea wall of the dockat Kings Wharf near the Ports Authority Office Building.
Benchmark relationshipsTGBM = 8.89 feet above mean lower low water (1960-1978 epoch)
TGBM = 6.64 feet above mean sea level (1960-1978 epoch)
TGBM = 4.71 feet above mean high water (1960-1978 epoch)
Auxiliary benchmarks2 1989 Screw 6 unstamped
3 1989 Screw 7 unstamped
4 1989 Screw 8 unstamped
5 1989
1-TG unstamped: brass screw inset in triangle 2ft S of tide house and 1.5 ft from edge of wharf
Data at PSMSL
Annual MSL (RLR) dataRLR 1327
Annual MSL (RLR) plot
MSL methodHourly means
PSMSL code1327
Other relevant codesNTF port no. 67050, UHSLC 018
Additional information
Other relevant informationA gauge was maintained on behalf of the TOGA Sea Level Center until it was withdrawn in May 1989 (PSMSL Code 742/013 1975-1989).
A gauge at Kings Wharf was destroyed in Nov 1983 and the station was relocated to Walu Bay Naval Facility (operated by Univ. Hawaii). There was an overlap of 3 months with the new NOAA gauge and the Walu gauge.
PSMSL also hold data from another gauge (PSMSL Code 742/011 1960-1961,1964).
NTF took over the gauge from NOAA in November 1997.
Nearest Met. stationLaucala Bay, Suva
Last updated16 October 2002