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Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Data Processing System manual [ADCP]

January 1, 2000

This open-file report describes the data processing software currently in use by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC), to process time series of acoustic Doppler current data obtained by Teledyne RD Instruments Workhorse model ADCPs. The Sediment Transport Instrumentation Group (STG) at the WHCMSC has a long-standing commitment to providing scientists high quality oceanographic data published in a timely manner. To meet this commitment, STG has created this software to aid personnel in processing and reviewing data as well as evaluating hardware for signs of instrument malfunction. The output data format for the data is network Common Data Form (netCDF), which meets USGS publication standards. Typically, ADCP data are recorded in beam coordinates. This conforms to the USGS philosophy to post-process rather than internally process data. By preserving the original data quality indicators as well as the initial data set, data can be evaluated and reprocessed for different types of analyses. Beam coordinate data are desirable for internal and surface wave experiments, for example. All the code in this software package is intended to run using the MATLAB program available from The Mathworks, Inc. As such, it is platform independent and can be adapted by the USGS and others for specialized experiments with non-standard requirements. The software is continuously being updated and revised as improvements are required. The most recent revision may be downloaded from: The USGS makes this software available at the user?s discretion and responsibility.

Publication Year 2000
Title Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Data Processing System manual [ADCP]
DOI 10.3133/ofr00458
Authors Jessica M. Cote, Frances S. Hotchkiss, Marinna A. Martini, Charles R. Denham, Andree L. revisions by Ramsey, Stephen Ruane
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2000-458
Index ID ofr00458
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center