CAPE TOWN (GRANGER BAY)

WARNING: QCFLAG EXISTS. PLEASE READ THE DOCUMENTATION.

Station Information

Station ID: 1195
Latitude: -33.905278
Longitude: 18.434722
Coastline code: 430
Station code: 45
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Time span of data: 1967 – 2018
Completeness (%): 67
Date of last update: 05 Nov 2019

Green Arrow: Current Station
Yellow Marker: Neighbouring RLR Station
Red Marker: Neighbouring Metric Station

Please note: In many cases, the station position in our database is accurate to only one minute. Thus, the tide gauge may not appear to be on the coast.

Additional Data Sources (guide to additional data sources)

Nearby GNSS Stations from SONEL: JCTW
Fast Delivery Data from UHSLC station 704: hourly and daily
Research Quality Data from UHSLC station 704: hourly and daily

Station Documentation

Link to RLR information.

Documentation added 1991-06-11

Granger Bay 430/045 RLR(1968) is 10.4m below BM1

Documentation added 1993-07-12

Not a good looking record with several possible datum shifts.

Documentation added 1996-08-28

For discussions of MSL changes and extreme sea levels around Namibia and South Africa, see: G.B. Brundrit, S.Afr.J.Mar.Sci.,16,9-17,1995 and S. Searson and G.B. Brundrit, S.Afr.J.of Science, 91,579-588,1995. 1967-1972 values based on 8 readings per day

Documentation added 2009-09-24

Heights of chart datum relative to land levelling datum in South Africa and Namibia: Granger Bay Cape Town Datum: up to 31st Dec 1978 = -0.829 Datum: 1st Jan 1979 - 31st Dec 1997 = -0.900
Datum: 1st Jan 1998 - 31st Dec 2002 = -0.975 Datum: 1st Jan 2003 onwards = -0.825 Datum is now LAT so unlikely to change.

Documentation added 2010-05-11

There appears to be a spike in the dataset for November 2002. This is possibly real as a spike appears in Nov/Dec 2002 in several of the S. African stations.

Documentation added 2015-05-20

The apparent spike in the monthly value for May 2014 was queried with the data suppliers. It was confirmed that the value was correct and was probably due to meteorological effects as the weather was described as 'shocking' with very strong onshore winds.

Documentation added 2016-05-10

The apparent rise in sea level from June 2015 has been queried with the South African Navy. They have replied that there is quite a bit of seaweed growth in the area which may be contributing and intend to arrange for divers to cut this back. However, the data levels compare well with the predictions.

Documentation added 2019-10-30

After the entry of the 2018 data the period for June 2015-December 2016 was flagged. Refer to the above comment. The 2018 data looks good.

Documentation added 2019-11-05

Following instructions from SANHO an adjustment of -25cm has been made to the data for the period May 2015 until February 2018. This follows a system recalibration exercise during February 2018.

Documentation added 2019-11-07

The South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO) are the copyright owners of the Cape Town (Granger Bay) sea level data and must be contacted to request permission to use the data.

Data Authority

Hydrographic Office
Maritime Headquarters
Private Bag X1
Tokai 7966