GLOSS Station Handbook

GLOSS Station Handbook – Darwin

The GLOSS Station Handbook is currently being re-designed and upgraded.

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 number62
Station nameDarwin
Time zone142.5E, GMT + 9.5hrs
Latitude (+ve N)-12.46666
Longitude (+ve E)130.85
Observation periods1958 - Float/stilling well; 1990- Acoustic
Responsible countryAustralia
Authority responsible for tide gaugeDarwin Port Authority, GPO Box 390, Darwin, NT 0801, Australia
also: National Tidal Centre, Australia (see GLOSS Contact Points).
GLOSS contactAustralia
Committed to GLOSSYes
Digital dataYes
Aditional parametersbarometric pressure, water and air temperature, wind speed and direction
Data acquisition rateRecording at 6 minute intervals - average of 30 second samples
Fast delivery data at UHSLCData 168 File format
High frequency data at BODCData 062 Document 77230 Document 62620 Document 64923
High frequency data at UHSLCData 168a Document 168a File format
Real-time data availableYes
Additional parameters (real-time)None
Tide gauge benchmarkBM 70/8 bronze plaque at ground level behind kerb at corner of Kitchener Drive and the boom shed road.
Benchmark relationshipsTide Gauge Zero (TGZ) = Admiralty Chart Datum (ACD)
TGZ = 3.975m below Australian Height Datum (AHD)
TGZ = 10.335m below BM 70/8
Auxiliary benchmarksBM 100: 10x30mm brass block with identification tag set in concrete retaining wall at the abutment of Stokes Hill Wharf.
BM 3046: top of south east corner holding down bolt on base plate of power pole at the abutment of Fort Hill Wharf.
BM 3047: bolt near the tide gauge hut, Fort Hill Wharf.
NM/G/21 = Pillar = Coastal Array Primary BM
BM491 Datum for AHD Heights = 28.542m AHD and 32.517m = above Chart Datum
BM 4566 = SEAFRAME Sensor BM =3D 6.374m AHD and 10.349m above Chart Datum
BM 4565 = 27.298m AHD and 31.273m above Chart Datum
BM 4564 = 27.228m AHD and 31.203m above Chart Datum
BM 4479 = 6.368m AHD and 10.343m above Chart Datum
BM 4480 = 6.343m AHD and 10.318m above Chart Datum
BM 4478 = 6.309m AHD and 10.284m above Chart Datum
BM 4481 = 5.491m AHD and 9.466m above Chart Datum
BM 4482 = 5.801m AHD and 9.776m above Chart Datum
Data at PSMSL
Annual MSL (RLR) dataRLR 935
Annual MSL (RLR) plot
MSL methodHourly means
PSMSL code935
Other relevant codesNTF port no. 63230, USHLC 168
Additional information
Other relevant informationFloat/stilling well gauge at Fort Hill Wharf (1954-1959).
Float/stilling well gauge at Stokes Hill Wharf (1957-1986).
Float/stilling well gauge at New Fort Hill Wharf (1981 onward).
Geocentric measurement: Precise ephemeris, single point doppler fix U605
Emery Point 1974, approx. 4km from gauge.
Nearest Met. stationDarwin Airport
Last updated16 October 2002