Tuesday, July 19, 2016

World Ocean Database Project - 2

Fig. 1 Database Structural Concept
I just finished the main structure of the software for reading the WOD files.

It was like trying to read a file of pi, but with some help from the help-desk people at NOAA, my understanding of the few ambiguities that arose eventually came around.

If you want to peruse the manual I used, here is a link (see e.g. Appendix 8: WOD User Manual, PDF).

I will be getting the posting back to normal now too.

We are going hunting for whatever lurks under the surface (temperature, salinity, nitrates, microbial life, etc.).

And at various depths at various locations concurrent with PSMSL data, so sea level change of a lot of varieties, from sea level rise and fall to increases in degrees of pollutants are within our scope.

The graphic at Fig. 1 shows the way I organized the data, adhering to the notion of zones bounded by latitude and longitude.

We can select a Dredd Blog zone, or a World Ocean Database (WOD)  zone,  which links to sea level records, sea port records, and ocean depth records on the SQL server.

The previous post in this series is here.


  1. Hey Dredd
    Lab coat's on a hangar and on the hook of the door that needs some wd-40 down by the supply room. Just holler if you need anything and I'll get it sorted.

    Been thinkin' a lot about rising water lately. Grew up alongside the mighty Miss 'bout 6 days north (barge wise against current) of Twain's hometown, Hannibal Mo. The thing is, ya always knew the waters would recede and that was what gave the people the drive to wait it out; knowing that better days were comin'.

    I just can't imagine how folks are gonna respond when they finally realize that the seawater that's lapping at their feet is just gonna keep on rising no matter what. We get through the blizzards and the tornados and droughts and floods because things return to 'normal' eventually. But there's nothing 'normal' with what's happening now. I'm sure the songwriters are going to have all sorts of trouble describing the events in a way that seeks to take the edge off of how sharp life can be some times.

    At least we have Randy for the way things have 'been'.



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