GLOSS Station Handbook

GLOSS Station Handbook – Bluff

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Until a new version is available, the tide gauge station list below from the last version of the Handbook provides links to further details about each tide gauge in the GLOSS Core Network. Click the GLOSS number buttons to view the information. Click column headings to sort the table.


Station information

Gloss number129
Station nameBluff
CountryNew Zealand
Time zone180E, GMT + 12hrs
Latitude (+ve N)-46.6
Longitude (+ve E)168.35
Observation periods1920-
Responsible countryNew Zealand
Authority responsible for tide gaugeSouthport N.Z. Limited, PO Box 1, Bluff, New Zealand
GLOSS contactNew Zealand
Committed to GLOSSYes
Location map
Digital dataYes
Aditional parametersBarometric pressure
Data acquisition rateContinuous recording - adjusted to hourly heights manually
High frequency data at UHSLCData 072a Document 072a File format
Real-time data availableYes
Additional parameters (real-time)None
Tide gauge benchmarkBluff Fundamental Benchmark, stainless steel pin in concrete under iron cover in grounds of Police Station, corner of Lee and Barrow Streets.
Benchmark relationshipsTide Gauge Zero (TGZ) = 8.620m below Bluff Fundamental Benchmark
TGZ = 4.883m below War Memorial Benchmark
Auxiliary benchmarksAux 1 - War Memorial Benchmark, War Memorial, Marine Parade, copper pin in centre of bottom step, west side.
Data at PSMSL
Annual MSL (RLR) dataRLR 213
Annual MSL (RLR) plot
MSL methodExtended harmonic
PSMSL code213
Other relevant codesUHSLC 072
Additional information
Other relevant informationThe old gauge is soon to be replaced. An analogue tide gauge using an ultrasonic sensor in a filtered stilling well was installed in 1989. It is not presently equipped to give data in computer compatible form. Record will be continuous and adjusted to hourly heights. Equipment was commissioned in 1990.
Nearest Met. stationInvercargill Airport
Last updated11 December 2002