mgd77list − A data-extractor for MGD77[+] files


mgd77list NGDC-ids −Fcolumns[,logic][:bittests] [ −Ac|d|f|mcode ] [ −Cf|g|e ] [ −Dastartdate ] [ −Dbstopdate ] [ −E ] [ −H ] [ −Iignore ] [ −M[flag] ] [ −Nd|sunit ] [ −Pcode ] [ −Rwest/east/south/north ] [ −Sastartdist[unit] ] [ −Sbstopdist[unit] ] [ −T[m|e] ] [ −V ] [ −Wweight ] [ −X[corrtable] ] [ −Z+|- ] [ −bo[s|d] ]


mgd77list reads <NGDC-id>.[mgd77|nc] files and produces an ASCII [or binary] table. The <NGDC-id>.[mgd77|nc] files contain track information such as leg-id, time and position, geophysical observables such as gravity, magnetics, and bathymetry, and control codes and corrections such as Eotvos and diurnal corrections. The MGD77+ extended netCDF files may also contain additional user columns (for a listing of available columns, use mgd77info −C, and to learn how to add your own custom columns, see mgd77manage). The user may extract any combination of these parameters, any of six computed quantities (distance, heading, velocity, Carter correction, and gravity and magnetic global reference fields), calendar sub-units of time (year, month, day, hour, min, sec), the NGDC id, and finally a preset weight (see −W). A sub-section can be specified by passing time- or distance-intervals along track or by selecting a geographical region. Finally, each output record may be required to pass any number of logical tests involving data values or bit flags.


Can be one or more MGD77 8-character cruise identifiers. To give a list of names, use ‘cat cruises.lis‘. The ".mgd77" or ".nc" extensions will automatically be appended, if needed (use −I to ignore certain file types). Cruise files will be looked for first in the current directory and second in all directories listed in $MGD77_HOME/mgd77_paths.txt [If $MGD77_HOME is not set it will default to $GMTHOME/share/mgd77].


The required columns string must be a comma-separated list of parameter abbreviations given in the desired output order. Any parameters given in UPPER case must not be NaN in a record for output to occur. Unless specified separately, the output format (if ASCII) is controlled by the GMT parameter D_FORMAT. The available abbreviations are:


The digital record type, usually 3 or 5 (for Y2K-compliant cruises).


The survey ID string (leg name).


The 8-character NGDC cruise ID string (usually the file prefix).


Choose between Absolute calendar time (atime, the default) in the format dictated by the GMT parameters OUTPUT_DATE_FORMAT and OUTPUT_CLOCK_FORMAT, or Relative time (rtime) in the format dictated by the GMT parameters D_FORMAT and TIME_SYSTEM (or TIME_EPOCH and TIME_UNIT).


Longitude in the format dictated by the GMT parameter OUTPUT_DEGREE_FORMAT.


Longitude in the format dictated by the GMT parameter OUTPUT_DEGREE_FORMAT.


Two-Way Travel time (in s).


Corrected bathymetry (in m, positive below sealevel).


Magnetic Total Field intensity from sensor 1 (in nTesla).


Magnetic Total Field intensity from sensor 2 (in nTesla).


Residual magnetic anomaly (in nTesla).


Observed gravity (in mGal).


Free-air gravity anomaly (in mGal).


Position Type Code (1 = fix, 3 = interpolated, 9 = unspecified).


Bathymetric Correction Code, indicating the procedure used to convert travel time to depth. (01-55 = Matthews’ zone used to correct the depth, 59 = Matthews’ corrections used but the zones is unspecified in the data record, 60 = S. Kuwahara formula for T-S, 61 = Wilson formula for T-S, 62 = Del Grosso formula for T-S, 63 = Carter’s tables, 88 = Other, described in header sections, 99 = unspecified).


Bathymetric Type Code, indicating how the bathymetry value was obtained (1 = observed, 3 = interpolated, 9 = unspecified).


Magnetic sensor for used to evaluate the residual field (1 = 1st or leading sensor, 2 = 2nd or trailing sensor, 9 = unspecified).


Depth (or altitude) of the magnetic sensor (in m, positive below sealevel).


Magnetic diurnal correction (in nTesla).


Eotvos correction (in mGal).


Seismic Line Number string.


Seismic Shot Point Number string.


Navigation Quality Code (5 = suspected, by source institution, 6 = suspected, by NGDC, 9 = no problems identified).

In addition, the following derived quantities can be requested:


The year of each record.


The month of each record.


The day of the month of each record.


The hour of each record.


The minutes of each record.


The decimal seconds of each record.


Along-track distance from start of leg. For method of calculation, see −C [spherical great circle distances], and for distance units, see −N [km].


Ship azimuth (heading) measured clockwise from north (in degrees).


Ship speed; see −N for units [m/s].


Weight assigned to this data set (see −W).


Carter depth correction, if twt is present in file (in m). Sign: Correction is to be subtracted from uncorrected depths to yield a corrected depth.


International geomagnetic reference field (total field) (in nTesla).


International Gravity reference Field ("normal gravity") (in mGal). Field is selected based on the parameter Gravity Theoretical Formula Code in the cruise’s MGD77 header. If this is not set or is invalid we default to the IGF 1980.’ Alternatively, specify the field directly using −Af (see that option for more details).

The following short-hand flags are also recognized:


This returns all data columns in the file.


This results in all 27 MGD77 fields being written out in the offical MGD77 order.


This limits the output to 10 fields (time, lon, lat plus the seven geophysical observations twt, depth, mtf1, mtf2, mag, gobs, and faa). By appending + to either of these set we will also append dist, azim, vel, and weight as listed above.

As an option, logical tests may be added for any of the parameters by appending ,logic, which is itself composed of one or more comma-separated instructions of the form parOPvalue, where par is one of the parameters listed above, OP is a logical operator (<, <=, =, !=, >=, >, |), and value is a constant used in the comparison. Floating point parameters are compared numerically; character parameters are compared lexically (after leading and trailing blanks have been removed). The bit comparison (|) means that at least one of the bits in value must be turned on in par. At least one of the tests must be true for the record to be output, except for tests using UPPER case parameters which all must be true for output to occur. Note that specifying a test does not imply that the corresponding column will be included in the output stream; it must be present in columns for that to occur. Note: some of the operators are special UNIX characters and you are advised to place quotes around the entire argument to −F.

Finally, for MGD77+ files you may optionally append :bittests which is : (a colon) followed by one or more comma-separated +-col terms. This compares specific bitflags only for each listed column. Here, + means the chosen bit must be 1 (ON) whereas - means it must be 0 (OFF). All bit tests given must be passed. By default, MGD77+ files that have the special flag column present will use those flags; append : with no trailing information to turn this behavior off.


No space between the option flag and the associated arguments.


By default, corrected depth (depth), magnetic residual anomaly (mag), free-air gravity anomaly (faa), and the derived quantity Carter depth correction (carter) are all output as is (if selected in −F); this option adjusts that behavior. For each of these columns there are 2−4 ways to adjust the data. Append c(arter), d(epth), f(aa), or m(ag) and select the code for the procedure you want applied. You may select more than one procedure for a data column by summing their numerical codes (1, 2, 4, and 8). E.g., −Ac3 will first try method −Ac1 to estimate a Carter correction but if depth is NaN we will next try −Ac2 which only uses twt. In all cases, if any of the values required by an adjustment procedure is NaN then the result will be NaN.


Determines how the carter correction term is calculated. Below, C(twt) stands for the Carter-corrected depth (it also depends on lon, lat), U(twt, v) is the uncorrected depth (= twt * v / 2) using as v the "Assumed Sound Velocity" parameter in the MGD77 header (if it is a valid velocity, otherwise we default to 1500 m/s); alternatively, append your preferred velocity v in m/s, TU(depth, v) is the 2-way travel time estimated from the (presumably) uncorrected depth, and TC(depth) is the 2-way travel time obtained by inverting the (presumably) corrected depth using the Carter correction formula. Select from

−Ac1[,v] returns difference between U(twt, v) and depth [Default].
[,v] returns difference between U(twt, v) and Carter (twt).
[,v] returns difference between (assumed uncorrected) depth and Carter (TU(depth)).
[,v] returns difference between U(TC(depth), v) and depth.


Determines how the depth column output is obtained:

−Ad1 returns depth as stored in the data set [Default].
[,v] returns calculated uncorrected depth U(twt, v).
returns calculated corrected depth C(twt).


Determines how the faa column output is obtained. If ngrav (i.e., the International Gravity reference Field (IGF), or "normal gravity") is required it is selected based on the MGD77 header parameter "Theoretical Gravity Formula Code"; if this code is not present or is invalid we default to 4. Alternatively, append the preferred field (1−4) to select 1 (Heiskanen 1924), 2 (IGF 1930), 3 (IGF 1967) or 4 (IGF 1980). Select from

−Af1[,field] returns faa as stored in the data set [Default]. Optionally, sets the IGF field to use if you also have requested ngrav as an output column in −F.
[,field] returns the difference between gobs and ngrav (with optional field directive).


Determines how the mag column output is obtained. There may be one or two total field measurements in the file (mtf1 and mtf2), and the column msens may state which one is the leading sensor (1 or 2; it may also be undefined). Select from

−Am1 returns mag as stored in the data set [Default].
returns the difference between mgfx and igrf, where x is the leading sensor (1 or 2) indicated by the msens data field (defaults to 1 if unspecified).
returns the difference between mgfx and igrf, where x is the sensor (2 or 1) not indicated by the msens data field (defaults to 2 if unspecified).


Append a one-letter code to select the procedure for along-track distance calculation (see −N for selecting units):

f Flat Earth distances.
Great circle distances [Default].
Geodesic distances on current GMT ellipsoid.


Do not list data collected before startdate (yyyy-mm-ddT[hh:mm:ss]) [Default is start of cruise].


Do not list data collected after stopdate (yyyy-mm-ddT[hh:mm:ss]). [Default is end of cruise].


Exact match: Only output records that match all the requested geophysical columns [Default outputs records that matches at least one of the observed columns].


Issue a header record with names for each data field.


Ignore certain data file formats from consideration. Append a|c|t to ignore MGD77 ASCII, MGD77+ netCDF, or plain tab-separated ASCII table files, respectively. The option may be repreated to ignore more than one format. [Default ignores none].


Issue a multi-segment header record with cruise ID for each cruise.


Append d for distance or s for speed, then give the desired unit as e (meter or m/s), k (km or km/hr), m (miles or miles/hr), or n (nautical miles or knots). [Default is −Ndk −Nse (km and m/s)].


Append a 2-character institution code. Only files from this institution will be processed. The following is the list of NGDC institution codes: (01) Lamont-Doherty (LDEO), (02) Woods Hole, (03) NOAA, (04) US Army, (05) New Zealand, (06) US Geological Survey, (07) Oregon State U, (08) U of Hawaii (SOEST), (09) US Navy, (10) U of Texas, (11) Rice U, (12) Canada, (13) U of Connecticut, (14) U of Miami (RSMAS), (15) Scripps, (16) China, (17) U of Rhode Island, (18) Duke U, (19) United Kingdom, (20) U of Washington, (22) Western Geophysics, (23) Texas A&M U, (24) Australia, (25) Monaco, (29) Russia, (30) Spain, (35) NIMA, (58) Netherlands, (60) US Mineral Management Services, (63) Israel, (67) France, (71) South Africa, (75) US Coast Guard, (76) Brazil, (77) International Gravimetric Bureau (83) Germany, (84) New Caledonia (ORSTOM), (86) Cuba, (87) Argentina, (88) US NSF, (89) India, (90) Portugal, (92) Finland, (93) Chile, (J1) Hydrographic Deptartment Japan, (J2) Geological Survey Japan, (J4) U of Tokyo, (J5) Kobe U, (J7) U of Ryukyus, (J8) Oceanographic Data Center, Japan (JODC), (J9) Chiba U, (JA) Institute of Polar Research, Japan, (ZZ) Institute not coded.


west, east, south, and north specify the Region of interest, and you may specify them in decimal degrees or in [+-]dd:mm[][W|E|S|N] format. Append r if lower left and upper right map coordinates are given instead of wesn. The two shorthands −Rg −Rd stand for global domain (0/360 or -180/+180 in longitude respectively, with -90/+90 in latitude).


Do not list data that are less than startdist meter along track from port of departure. Append k for km, m for miles, or n for nautical miles [Default is 0 meters].


Do not list data that are more than stopdist meters along track from port of departure. Append k for km, m for miles, or n for nautical miles [Default is end of track].


Turns OFF the otherwise automatic adjustment of values based on correction terms that are stored in the MGD77+ file and used to counteract such things as wrong units used by the source institution when creating the original MGD77 file from which the MGD77+ file derives (the option has no effect on plain MGD77 ASCII files). Append m or e to limit the option to the MGD77 or extended columns set only [Default applies to both].


Selects verbose mode, which will send progress reports to stderr [Default runs "silently"].


Set the weight for these data. Weight output option must be set in −F. This is useful if the data are to be processed with the weighted averaging techniques offered by blockmean, blockmedian, and blockmode [1].


Apply optimal corrections to columns where such corrections are available. Append the correction table to use [Default uses the correction table in the $MGD77_HOME directory].


Append the sign you want for depth, carter, and msd values below sea level (−Z- gives negative bathymetry) [Default is positive down].


Selects binary output mode (single precision; append d for double precision) [Default is ASCII]. −H is ignored if −bo is selected. Likewise, string-fields cannot be selected.


To get a (distance, heading, gravity, bathymetry) listing from 01010047.mgd77, starting at June 3 1971 20:45 and ending at distance = 5000 km, use the following command:

mgd77list 01010047 −Da1971-06-03T20:45 −Sb5000 −Fdist,azim,faa,depth > myfile.d

To make input for blockmean and surface using free-air anomalies from all the cruises listed in the file cruises.lis, but only the data that are inside the specified area, and make the output binary:

mgd77list ‘cat cruises.lis‘ −Flon,lat,faa −R-40/-30/25/35 −bo > allgrav.b

To extract the locations of depths exceeding 9000 meter that were not interpolated (btc != 1) from all the cruises listed in the file cruises.lis:

mgd77list ‘cat cruises.lis‘ −F"depth,DEPTH>9000,BTC!=1" > really_deep.d

To extract dist, faa, and grav12_2 from records whose depths are shallower than 3 km and where none of the requested fields are NaN, from all the MGD77+ netCDF files whose cruise ids are listed in the file cruises.lis, we try

mgd77list ‘cat cruises.lis‘ −E −Ia −F"dist,faa,grav12_2,depth<3000" > shallow_grav.d

To extract dist, faa, and grav12_2 from all the MGD77+ netCDF files whose cruise ids are listed in the file cruises.lis, but only retrieve records whose bitflag for faa indicates BAD values, we try

mgd77list ‘cat cruises.lis‘ −E −Ia −F"dist,faa,grav12_2:+faa" > bad_grav.d

To output lon, lat, mag, and faa from all the cruises listed in the file cruises.lis, but recalculate the two residuals based on the latest reference fields, try:

mgd77list ‘cat cruises.lis‘ −Flon,lat,mag,faa −Af2,4 −Am2 > data.d


The IGRF calculations are based on a Fortran program written by Susan Macmillan, British Geological Survey, translated to C via f2c by Joaquim Luis, U Algarve, and adapted to GMT-style by Paul Wessel.


The equations used are reproduced here using coefficients extracted directly from the source code (let us know if you find errors):
(1) g = 978052.0 * [1 + 0.005285 * sin^2(lat) - 7e-6 * sin^2(2*lat) + 27e-6 * cos^2(lat) * cos^2(lon-18)]
(2) g = 978049.0 * [1 + 0.0052884 * sin^2(lat) - 0.0000059 * sin^2(2*lat)]
(3) g = 978031.846 * [1 + 0.0053024 * sin^2(lat) - 0.0000058 * sin^2(2*lat)]
(4) g = 978032.67714 * [(1 + 0.00193185138639 * sin^2(lat)) / sqrt (1 - 0.00669437999013 * sin^2(lat))]


mgd77convert(l), mgd77info(l), mgd77manage(l), mgd77track(l)


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The Marine Geophysical Data Exchange Format - "MGD77", see http:
IGRF, see http: