Kenya Mombasa Station information sheet

GLOSS number 8
Station name


Country Kenya
Time zone 045E, GMT + 3hrs
Latitude (+ve N) -4.05
Longitude (+ve E) 39.66666
Ocean Indian
Observation period(s) 1986-
Responsible country Kenya
Authority responsible
for tide gauge
Dr. M. Merrifield, University of Hawaii, Dept. of Oceanography, Hawaii 96822, U.S.A. and: Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Inst.
GLOSS contact

Dr. Charles Magori

Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute

P.O. Box 81651 80100 Mombasa, Kenya

Tel: 254 41 475151/2/3/4

Fax: 254 41 475157


Committed to GLOSS Yes
Operational Yes
Float Yes
Pressure No
Bubbler No
Acoustic No
Radar No
Digital data Yes
Data acquisition rate Hourly intervals
Fast delivery data at UHSLC Download h101.dat from UHSLC   Format documentation for UHSLC data
High frequency data at BODC    Download document g008.txt  from BODC   
High frequency data at UHSLC Download from UHSLC   Download documentation qa101a.dmt from UHSLC   Format documentation for UHSLC data
Real-time data available No
Tide gauge benchmarks BM@ is a bolt fixed on the tide staff at 3.8m above tide staff zero.
Benchmark relationships Tide gauge zero (TGZ) = Admiralty Chart Datum - 0.942m TGZ = East African Railways Datum - 0.912m TGZ = Survey of Kenya Datum - 2.790m (from 1989) TGZ = 3.800m below BM@
Auxiliary benchmarks BM1 (TGZ is 5.683m below BM1 - June 1989) BM2 (TGZ is 5.850m below BM2 - June 1989) BM3 (TGZ is 13.883m below BM3 - April 1987) BM N-3 (TGZ is 6.226m below TGZ - June 1989)
Data at PSMSL  
Annual MSL (RLR) data Download annual MSL (RLR) data for Mombasa
Annual MSL (RLR) plot View annual MSL (RLR) plot for Mombasa
MSL method average of hourly heights
PSMSL code 470/001
Other relevant codes UHSLC 101
Additional information  
Other relevant information Munro gauge was located at different place in the same port until 1976. Valeport pneumatic gauge situated 350km to the north of Lamu since December 1988.
Nearest Met. station Mombasa International Airport
Last updated 1993-12-05