GLOSS Station Handbook

Station information sheet

GLOSS number314
Station name

Walvis Bay

Time zone030E, GMT+2hrs
Latitude (+ve N)-22.9493
Longitude (+ve E)14.49856
Observation period(s)1958-1974: Kent 1976-1993: Float (Ott) 1994-1998: Acoustic 2008-ongoing: Radar and DCP
Responsible countryNamibia
Authority responsible
for tide gauge
Hydrographer, SA Navy, Private Bag X1, Tokai 7966, South Africa
GLOSS contactNamibia
Committed to GLOSSNo
Digital dataYes
Additional parametersSea temperature (from 1990), Air pressure (from 1990)
Data acquisition rateFloat/stilling well - digitised hourly. Acoustic - meaned values recorded at minute intervals, filtered
High frequency data at BODCDownload from BODC   View Walvis Bay site history  
High frequency data at UHSLCDownload from UHSLC   Download documentation qa220a.dmt from UHSLC   Format documentation for UHSLC data
Real-time data availableNo
Additional parameters (real-time)Sea temperature (from 1990), Air pressure (from 1990)
Tide gauge benchmarksTrig survey BM 1A1 adjacent Railway Headquarters - UTM grid reference 33 KVE 492622 2008 - BM 1A1 renamed BM 1011
Benchmark relationshipsTide Gauge Zero (TGZ) = 0.913m below LLD (MSL) until 31 December 1978 TGZ = 0.900m below LLD (MSL) from 1 January 1979 TGZ = 2.291m below BM 1A1 From 2008: BM 1011 = LLD + 3.770m Chart Datum = LLD - 0.966m
Data at PSMSL 
Annual MSL (RLR) dataDownload annual MSL (RLR) data for Walvis Bay
Annual MSL (RLR) plotView annual MSL (RLR) plot for Walvis Bay
MSL methodDoodson X0 filter
PSMSL code914
Other relevant codesUHSLC 220
Additional information 
Last updated2002-12-11

Related BODC pages

Sea level portal      World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) — Sea  level
UK Tide Gauge Network     Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR)
GLOSS project page  


Related external links

Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS)     Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL)
University of Hawai`i Sea Level Centre (UHSLC)  World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE)


Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS) Station Handbook Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)