CalCOFI Database Tables Description - Cast Table  
Column Header Units Description
Cst_Cnt n.a. Auto-numbered Cast Count - all casts consecutively numbered. 1 is first station done
Cruise_ID n.a. Cruise name: YYYY-MM-DD-Project Code-Ship Code
Cruise n.a. Cruise name: YYYYMM
Cruz_Sta n.a. Cruise name and station: YYYYMM 4 digit line and 4 digit station
DbSta_ID n.a. 4 digit line and 4 digit station
Cast_ID n.a. Cast Identifier: Values [Century]-[YY][MM][ShipCode]-[CastType][Julian Day]-[CastTime]-[Line][Sta]
Sta_ID n.a. 4 digit Line and 4 digit Station
Quarter n.a. Quarter of the year: Winter (1) Spring (2) Summer (3) Fall (4)
Sta_Code n.a Station type code, see sidebar for definitions
Distance Nautical miles Nautical miles from coast intercept, calc'd from est. lat & lon
Date n.a. Date MM/DD/YYYY
Year n.a. 4-digit Year YYYY
Month n.a. Month
Juilian_Date n.a. OA Date: days since December 30, 1899
Juilian_Day n.a. Julian Day of the year
Time UTC Time CTD is at terminal depth HH:MM:SS
Lat_Dec Decimal Degrees Observed Latitude in decimal degrees
Lat_Deg Degrees Observed Latitude in degrees
Lat_Min Minutes Observed Latitude in minutes
Lat_Hem n.a. Observed Latitude in Hemisphere
Lon_Dec Decimal Degrees Observed Longitude in decimal degrees
Lon_Deg Degrees Observed Longitude in degrees
Lon_Min Minutes Observed Longitude in minutes
Lon_Hem n.a. Observed Longitude in Hemisphere
Rpt_Line n.a. Reported Line Number from the CalCOFI Data Report
St_Line n.a. Nearest Standard Line
Ac_Line n.a. Calculated actual line from observed lat and long
Rpt_Sta n.a. Reported Station Number from the CalCOFI Data Report
St_Station n.a. Nearest Standard Station Number
Ac_Sta n.a. Calculated actual station from observed lat and long
Bottom_D Meters Bottom depth in meters
Ship_Name n.a Ship's name
Ship_Code n.a. Ship's NODC Code
Data_Type n.a. Data Type Code, see sidebar for definitions
Order_Occ n.a. Order of stations occupied per cruise
Event_Num Number Sequence of cruise happenings ordered by time
Cruz_Leg Number Sections of a cruise usually broken up due to personnel transfers
Orig_Sta_ID n.a. IEH Reported Station ID
Data_Or n.a. Data Origin Code
Cruz_Num n.a Cruise Designation by year and month
IntChl Milligrams per square meter Integrated Chlorophyll
IntC14 Milligrams Carbon per square meter Integrated Primary Productivity
Inc_Str Time Incubation Start Time PST HH:MM:SS
Inc_End Time Incubation End Time PST HH:MM:SS
PST_LAN Time Time of Local Apparent Noon PST HH:MM:SS
Civil_T Time Time of Civil Twilight PST HH:MM:SS
TimeZone n.a. Time Zone
Wave_Dir Number from 01-36 Wave Direction reported using an abbreviated 360° azimuth circle with 00 representing True North, 18 represents 180°
Wave_Ht Feet Wave Height in Feet
Wave_Prd Seconds Wave Period in Seconds
Wind_Dir Number from 01-36 Reported using an abbreviated 360° azimuth circle with 0 representing True North, 18 representing 180°
Wind_Spd Knots Wind Speed in Knots
Barometer Millibars to the tenths Atmospheric Pressure
Dry_T Degrees Celsius Dry Air Temperature from a Sling Psychrometer
Wet_T Degrees Celsius Wet Air Temperature from a Sling Psychrometer
Wea Number from 0-9 1 Digit Code from The World Meteorological Organization.  Code source WMO 4501
Cloud_Typ Number from 0-9 1 Digit Code from The World Meteorological Organization.  Code source WMO 0500
Cloud_Amt Number from 0-8 1 Digit Code from The World Meteorological Organization.  Code source WMO 2700, in oktas
Visibility Number from 0-9 1 Digit Code from The World Meteorological Organization.  Code source WMO 4300
Secchi Meters Disk depth in Meters
ForeIU Number from 1-21 Water color, Forel_Ule Scale. Only used in this dataset from 1988-10 through 1998-04