CSV Format Metadata Description for Station Reference Index
CSV file format stores data in plain-text form, separated by commas.
The unique 7-character station identification, in the format ddaaddd, where
- dd: 2 digits for the major drainage basin
- aa: 1 alphabetic character each for the sub-basin and sub-sub-basin
- ddd: 3 digits for the specific station within the sub-sub-basin
Flag to indicate the relative location of a reach of stream, river or canal within the larger river system.
Latitude / Longitude
Positions are presented in degrees, minutes and seconds with latitudes north of the equator represented as positive values and longitudes east of the Prime Meridian represented as positive values.
Gross Drainage Area
Gross drainage area, in km2. The gross drainage area refers to the largest possible physical area that could potentially contribute surface runoff to the specific station.
Effective Drainage Area
Effective drainage area, in km2. The effective drainage area is that portion of a drainage basin which might be expected to entirely contribute runoff to the main stream during a flood with a return period of two years.
A written description of a specific piece of land.
Year From / Year To
Period of record, in the format yyyy.
Flag to indicate the type of data available with the station
- Q: discharge (flow)
- H: water level
- B: discharge and water level
Flag to indicate the type of gauge used to obtain data
- R: recording gauge
- M: manual gauge
- P: power plant rating
Flag to indicate the frequency of data recording, year-round, only during certain seasons, or some other pattern.
- C: Continuous
- S: Seasonal
- M: Miscellaneous
Flag to indicate if the data are published.
- 1: Data not published
Flag to indicate the type of a station
- 2 = International Gauging Station
- 3 = Reservoir Contents
- 4 = Water Temperature Data Available
- 5 = Water Quality Data Available
- 6 = Sediment Data Available
- 7 = Telemetering Device Installed
Flag to indicate if the flow is affected by the upstream regulation
- NAT = Natural Flow
- REG = Regulated Flow
Flag to indicate the year that the regulation began.
Flag to indicate if the archived data for a specific station is contributed by an agency. The agency is non-WSC and is given a code, e.g. DC 485.
DC = Data Contributed By
Flag to indicate the funding agency of a station.
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