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       mgd77manage - Manage the content of MGD77+ files


       mgd77manage   NGDC-ids   [    -A[+]a|c|d|D|e|E|g|i|n|t|Tfileinfo   ]   [    -Cf|g|e   ]  [
       -Dabbrev1,abbrev2,...) ] [  -Eempty ] [  -F ] [  -Iabbrev/name/unit/t/scale/offset/comment
       ] [  -Nunit ] [  -Rregion ] [  -V[level] ] [ -bibinary ] [ -dinodata ] [ -nflags ]

       Note: No space is allowed between the option flag and the associated arguments.


       mgd77manage  deals  with  maintaining extra custom columns in MGD77+ netCDF files. You can
       either delete one or more columns, add a new column, update an existing  column  with  new
       data, or supply error correction information (*.e77 files). New data may come from a table
       (ASCII unless -bi  is  used),  be  based  on  existing  columns  and  certain  theoretical
       expressions,  or  they  may  be  obtained by sampling a grid (choose between GMT grid or a
       Sandwell/Smith Mercator *.img grid) along track. The new data  will  be  appended  to  the
       MGD77+  file  in the form of an extra data column of specified type. The data file will be
       modified; no new file will be created. For the big  issues,  see  the  DISCUSSION  section


              Can be one or more of five kinds of specifiers:

              1. 8-character NGDC IDs, e.g., 01010083, JA010010etc., etc.

              2. 2-character agency codes which will return all cruises from each agency.

              3. 4-character  <agency><vessel>  codes,  which  will return all cruises from those

              4. =list, where list is a table with NGDC IDs, one per line.

              5. If nothing is specified we return all cruises in the data base.

              (See mgd77info -L for agency and vessel codes). If no file extension is given  then
              we  search  for files with one of the four known extensions.  The search order (and
              the extensions) tried is MGD77+ (".nc"), MGD77T (".m77t"), MGD77  (".mgd77"  )  and
              plain  text  file  (".dat").   Use  -I  to ignore one or more of these 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 $GMT_SHAREDIR/mgd77].


              Add a new data column. If an existing column with  the  same  abbreviation  already
              exists  in  the  file  we  will  cowardly refuse to update the file. Specifying -A+
              overcomes this reluctance (However, sometimes an existing column cannot be upgraded
              without  first  deleting it; if so you will be warned). Select a column source code
              among a, c, d, D, e, g, i, n, t,  or  T;  detailed  descriptions  for  each  choice

              a  Append  filename of a single column table to add. File must have the same number
              of rows as the MGD77+ file. If no file is given we read from stdin instead.

              c Create a new column that derives from existing data or formulas  for  corrections
              and  reference  fields.  Append  c  for  the  Carter  corrections  subtracted  from
              uncorrected depths, g for the IGF gravity reference field (a.k.a "normal gravity"),
              m  for the IGRF total field magnetic reference field, and r for recomputed magnetic
              anomaly (append 1 or 2 to specify which total field column to use [1]). For gravity
              we  choose  the  reference field 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.   You can override this behavior by appending the desired code: 1 =
              Heiskanen 1924, 2 = International 1930, 3 = IGF1967, or 4 = IGF1980.

              d Append filename of a two-column table with the  first  column  holding  distances
              along  track and the second column holding data values. If no file is given we read
              from stdin instead. Records with matching distances in  the  MGD77+  file  will  be
              assigned the new values; at other distances we set them to NaN. Alternatively, give
              upper case D instead and we will interpolate the column at  all  record  distances.
              See  -N  for  choosing  distance  units  and  -C  for  choosing  how  distances are

              e Expects to find an e77 error/correction  log  from  mgd77sniffer  with  the  name
              NGDC_ID.e77 in the current directory or in $MGD77_HOME/E77; this file will examined
              and used  to  make  modifications  to  the  header  values,  specify  a  systematic
              correction  for  certain columns (such as scale and offset), specify that a certain
              anomaly should be recalculated from the observations (e.g.,  recalculate  mag  from
              mtf1 and the latest IGRF), and add or update the special column flag which may hold
              bitflags (0 = GOOD, 1 = BAD) for each data field in the standard  MGD77  data  set.
              Any  fixed  correction  terms  found (such as needing to scale a field by 0.1 or 10
              because the source agency used incorrect units) will be written  as  attributes  to
              the  netCDF  MGD77+ file and applied when the data are read by mgd77list. Ephemeral
              corrections such as those determined by crossover analysis are not kept in the data
              files  but reside in correction tables (see mgd77list for details). By default, the
              first character of each header line in the e77 file (which is ?, Y or  N)  will  be
              consulted  to  see  if  the  corresponding  adjustment  should  be  applied. If any
              undecided settings are found (i.i, ?) we will  abort  and  make  no  changes.  Only
              records marked Y will be processed. You can override this behavior by appending one
              or more modifiers to the -Ae command: h will ignore all header corrections, f  will
              ignore  all  fixed  systematic  trend corrections, n, v, and s will ignore bitflags
              pertaining to navigation, data values, and data slopes, respectively. Use  -A+e  to
              replace  any existing E77 corrections in the file with the new values. Finally, e77
              corrections will not be applied if the E77 file has not been verified. Use  -AE  to
              ignore the verification status.

              g  Sample a GMT geographic (lon, lat) grid along the track given by the MGD77+ file
              using bicubic interpolation (however, see -n). Append name of a GMT grid file.

              i Sample a Sandwell/Smith Mercator *.img grid along the track given by  the  MGD77+
              file  using  bicubic interpolation (however, see -n). Append the img grid filename,
              followed by the comma-separated data scale (typically 1 or 0.1), the IMG file  mode
              (0-3),  and  optionally the img grid max latitude [80.738]. The modes stand for the
              following: (0) Img files with no constraint code, returns data at all  points,  (1)
              Img  file  with  constraints  coded,  return  data at all points, (2) Img file with
              constraints coded, return data only at constrained points and  NaN  elsewhere,  and
              (3) Img file with constraints coded, return 1 at constraints and 0 elsewhere.

              n  Append  filename  of a two-column table with the first column holding the record
              number (0 to nrows - 1) and the second column holding data values. If  no  file  is
              given  we  read  from  stdin  instead.  Records with matching record numbers in the
              MGD77+ file will be assigned the new values; at other records we set them to NaN.

              t Append filename of a two-column table with  the  first  column  holding  absolute
              times along track and the second column holding data values. If no file is given we
              read from stdin instead. Records with matching times in the  MGD77+  file  will  be
              assigned  the  new  values;  at other times we set them to NaN. Alternatively, give
              upper case T instead and we will interpolate the column at all record times.

              Append  a  one-letter  code  to  select  the  procedure  for  along-track  distance
              calculation when using -Ad|D (see -N for selecting distance units):

              f Flat Earth distances.

              g Great circle distances [Default].

              e Geodesic distances on current GMT ellipsoid.

              Give  a  comma-separated  list of column abbreviations that you want to delete from
              the MGD77+ files. Do NOT use this option to remove columns that you  are  replacing
              with  new  data  (use -A+ instead).  Because we cannot remove variables from netCDF
              files we must create a new file without the columns to be deleted. Once the file is
              successfully created we temporarily rename the old file, change the new filename to
              the old filename, and finally remove the old, renamed file.

              Give a single character that will be repeated to fill empty  string  values,  e.g.,
              "9" will yield a string like "99999..." [9].

       -F     Force  mode.  When  this mode is active you are empowered to delete or replace even
              the standard MGD77 set of columns. You better know what you are doing!

              In addition to file information we must specify additional  information  about  the
              extra  column.  Specify a short (16 char or less, using lower case letters, digits,
              or underscores only) abbreviation for the selected data, its more descriptive name,
              the  data unit, the data type 1-character code (byte, short, float, int, double, or
              text) you want used for storage in the netCDF file, any scale and offset we  should
              apply  to  the data to make them fit inside the range implied by the chosen storage
              type, and a general comment (< 128 characters) regarding what these data represent.
              Note:  If  text  data type is selected then the terms "values" in the -A discussion
              refer to your text data.  Furthermore, the discussion  on  interpolation  does  not
              apply  and  the  NaN  value  becomes a "no string" value (see -E for what this is).
              Place quotes around terms with more than one word (e.g., "Corrected Depth").

       -Nunit Append the distance unit (see UNITS). [Default is -Nk (km)].   Only  relevant  when
              -Ag|i is selected.

       -Rxmin/xmax/ymin/ymax[+r][+uunit] (more ...)
              Specify the region of interest. Only relevant when -Ag|i is selected.

       -V[level] (more ...)
              Select verbosity level [c].

       -bi[ncols][t] (more ...)
              Select  native  binary  input.  This applies to the input 1- or 2-column data files
              specified under some of the -A options. The binary input option is  only  available
              for numerical data columns.

       -dinodata (more ...)
              Replace input columns that equal nodata with NaN.

       -n[b|c|l|n][+a][+bBC][+c][+tthreshold] (more ...)
              Select interpolation mode for grids.

       -^ or just -
              Print a short message about the syntax of the command, then exits (NOTE: on Windows
              just use -).

       -+ or just +
              Print  an  extensive  usage  (help)  message,  including  the  explanation  of  any
              module-specific option (but not the GMT common options), then exits.

       -? or no arguments
              Print  a  complete  usage (help) message, including the explanation of all options,
              then exits.


       For map distance unit, append unit d for arc degree, m for  arc  minute,  and  s  for  arc
       second, or e for meter [Default], f for foot, k for km, M for statute mile, n for nautical
       mile, and u for US survey foot. By default we compute such  distances  using  a  spherical
       approximation  with  great circles. Prepend - to a distance (or the unit is no distance is
       given) to perform "Flat Earth" calculations (quicker but less accurate) or  prepend  +  to
       perform exact geodesic calculations (slower but more accurate).


       Resample  or  sampling  of  grids  will  use  various algorithms (see -n) that may lead to
       possible distortions or unexpected results in the resampled values.  One  expected  effect
       of resampling with splines is the tendency for the new resampled values to slightly exceed
       the global min/max limits of the original grid.  If this is unacceptable, you  can  impose
       clipping  of the resampled values values so they do not exceed the input min/max values by
       adding +c to your -n option.


       To append Geosat/ERS-1 gravity version 11.2  as  an  extra  data  column  in  the  cruises and, storing the values as mGal*10 in a 2-byte short integer, try

              gmt mgd77manage 01010047 01010008 -Ai10/1/grav.11.2.img \
                  -Isatgrav/"Geosat/ERS-1 gravity"/"mGal"/s/10/0/"Sandwell/Smith version 11.2" -V

       To  append  a  filtered version of magnetics as an extra data column of type float for the
       cruise, and interpolate the filtered data at the times  given  in  the  MGD77+
       file, try

              gmt mgd77manage 01010047 -Ifiltmag/"Intermediate-wavelength \
                  magnetic residuals"/"nTesla"/f/1/0/"Useful for looking for isochrons" -V

       To  delete the existing extra columns satfaa, coastdist, and satvgg from all MGD77+ files,

              gmt mgd77manage =allmgd77.lis -Dsatfaa,coastdist,satvgg -V

       To create a 4-byte float column with the correct IGRF reference field in all MGD77+ files,

              gmt mgd77manage =allmgd77.lis -Acm -Iigrf/"IGRF reference \
                  field"/"nTesla"/f/1/0/"IGRF version 10 for 1990-2010" -V


       1. Preamble

       The  mgd77  supplement  is  an  attempt to (1) improve on the limited functionality of the
       existing mgg supplement, (2) incorporate some of the ideas from Scripps'  gmt+  supplement
       by  allowing  extra  data  columns,  and  (3)  add  new  capabilities  for managing marine
       geophysical  trackline  data   stored   in   an   architecture-independent   CF-1.0-   and
       COARDS-compliant  netCDF  file format. Here are some of the underlying ideas and steps you
       need to take to maintain your files.

       2. Introduction

       Our starting point is the MGD77  ASCII  data  files  distributed  from  NGDC  on  CD-ROMS,
       DVD-ROMS,  and  via  FTP.  Using Geodas to install the files locally we choose the "Carter
       corrected depth" option which will fill in the depth column using the two-way travel-times
       and  the  Carter tables if twt is present. This step yields ~5000 individual cruise files.
       Place these in one or more sub-directories of your choice, list these sub-directories (one
       per  line) in the file mgd77_paths.txt, and place that file in the directory pointed to by
       $MGD77_HOME; if not set this variable defaults to $GMT_SHAREDIR/mgd77.

       3. Conversion

       Convert the ASCII MGD77  files  to  the  new  netCDF  MGD77+  format  using  mgd77convert.
       Typically,  you  will  make  a  list  of  all the cruises to be converted (with or without
       extension), and you then run
          mgd77convert =cruises.lis -Fa -Tc -V -Lwe+ > log.txt

       The verbose settings will ensure  that  all  problems  found  during  conversion  will  be
       reported.  The  new  *.nc files may also be placed in one or more separate sub-directories
       and these should also be listed in the mgd77_paths.txt file.  We  suggest  you  place  the
       directories with *.nc files ahead of the *.mgd77 directories. When you later want to limit
       a search to files of a certain extension you should use the -I option.

       4. Adding new columns

       mgd77manage will allow you to add additional data columns to your *.nc files. These can be
       anything,  including  text strings, but most likely are numerical values sampled along the
       track from a supplied grid or an existing column that have been  filtered  or  manipulated
       for  a  particular  purpose. The format supports up to 32 such extra columns. See this man
       page for how to add columns. You may later decide to  remove  some  of  these  columns  or
       update  the data associated with a certain column. Data extraction tools such as mgd77list
       can be used to extract a mix of standard MGD77 columns (navigation, time,  and  the  usual
       geophysical observations) and your custom columns.

       5. Error sources

       Before we discuss how to correct errors we will first list the different classes of errors
       associated with MGD77 data: (1) Header record errors occur when some  of  the  information
       fields in the header do not comply with the MGD77 specification or required information is
       missing.  mgd77convert will list  these  errors  when  the  extended  verbose  setting  is
       selected.  These  errors  typically  do  not affect the data and are instead errors in the
       meta-data (2). Fixed systematic errors occur when a particular data  column,  despite  the
       MGD77 specification, has been encoded incorrectly. This usually means the data will be off
       by a constant factor such as 10 or 0.1, or  in  some  cases  even  1.8288  which  converts
       fathoms  to  meters. (3) Unknown systematic errors occur when the instrument that recorded
       the data or the processing that followed introduced signals that appear to  be  systematic
       functions  of time along track, latitude, heading, or some other combination of terms that
       have a physical or logical explanation. These terms may  sometimes  be  resolved  by  data
       analysis  techniques  such as along-track and across-track investigations, and will result
       in correction terms that when applied to the data will remove these unwanted signals in an
       optimal  way.  Because  these  correction terms may change when new data are considered in
       their determination, such corrections are considered to be ephemeral. (4) Individual  data
       points  or sequences of data may violate rules such as being outside of possible ranges or
       in other ways violate sanity. Furthermore, sequences of points that may  be  within  valid
       ranges  may  give  rise to data gradients that are unreasonable. The status of every point
       can therefore be determined and this gives rise to bitflags GOOD or  BAD.  Our  policy  is
       that error sources 1, 2, and 4 will be corrected by supplying the information as meta-data
       in the relevant *.nc files, whereas the corrections for error source 3 (because they  will
       constantly be improved) will be maintained in a separate list of corrections.

       6. Finding errors

       The  mgd77sniffer  is a tool that does a thorough along-track sanity check of the original
       MGD77 ASCII files and produces a corresponding *.e77 error log.  All  problems  found  are
       encoded  in the error log, and recommended fixed correction terms are given, if needed. An
       analyst may verify that the suggested corrections  are  indeed  valid  (we  only  want  to
       correct truly obvious unit errors), edit these error logs and modify such correction terms
       and activate them by changing the relevant code key (see mgd77sniffer for  more  details).
       mgd77manage  can  ingest  these  error  logs  and (1) correct bad header records given the
       suggestions in the log, (2) insert scale/offset correction terms to be used  when  reading
       certain  columns,  and  (3)  insert any bit-flags found. Rerun this step if you later find
       other problems as all E77 settings or flags will be recreated based on the latest E77 log.

       7. Error corrections

       The extraction program mgd77list allows for corrections to be applied on-the-fly when data
       are  requested.  First,  data  with  BAD  bitflags are suppressed. Second, data with fixed
       systematic  correction  terms  are  corrected  accordingly.  Third,  data  with  ephemeral
       correction  terms will have those corrections applied (if a correction table is supplied).
       All of these steps require the presence of the relevant meta-data and all can be overruled
       by  the  user.  In addition, users may add their own bitflags as separate data columns and
       use mgd77list's logical tests to further dictate which data are suppressed from output.


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


       mgd77convert, mgd77list, mgd77info, mgd77sniffer mgd77track x2sys_init


       The     Marine     Geophysical     Data     Exchange     Format     -      MGD77,      see

       IGRF, see


       2019, P. Wessel, W. H. F. Smith, R. Scharroo, J. Luis, and F. Wobbe