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Wave Data Translation Toolbox for MATLAB

Created by:
Charlene Sullivan, John Warner, Marinna Martini, Frances Lightsom, George Vougaris, Paul Work

Wave Data Processing Toolbox Version 1.2, USGS open file 2005-1211, March 30, 2006

Download the Waves Toolbox Version 1.2 here. Works with wavesmon 2.x.

Try out our beta release of Waves Toolbox 2.0, which should work with RDI's wavesmon 3.x.

What is the Wave Data Processing Toolbox?

Our Wave Data Processing Toolbox, or wavetools for short, is a set of documented MATLAB m-files that convert wave data from RDI, Nortek and Sontek acoustic doppler profiling instruments to NetCDF format.

Why bother with netCDF?

Vendor-supplied software for processing and displaying ADCP data is terrific if you are simply viewing the data. However, many users transfer the data to other software packages for plotting, 'massaging', batch processing, and modelling. What we offer here is a method of transferring to, working on, and viewing your data in MATLAB. NetCDF offers convenient access to data in order to accomplish these tasks.

The following is a recommended reading list for the WAVES Toolbox:

View the wave data Processing System Manual (USGS OFR 05-1211)
View website describing NetCDF (Network Common Data Form)

Before downloading...

If you use this software and would like to receive notifications of upgrades and bug fixes, please send a message to (wave tools address). Let us know which version you are using. Even if you already signed up for the previous version, we would like to know who is using the latest version. You may also use the address to report bugs and send feedback. If we know who you are, we can let you know when we have fixed bugs!

A note about your e-mail and privacy: the USGS privacy disclaimer states that we will not distribute your personal information. We collect these e-mails to know a) if it's worth our time to maintain this site and b) to notify you of updates to the software.

System Requirements:

The following is a list of items required to run the WAVES Toolbox:

We will no longer be supporting this code due to changes in the way MATLAB accesses netCDF!

MATLAB versions 2011 and higher have new built-in functions for netCDF access, but older netCDF access code no longer works well with these new versions of MATLAB. This has severely impacted the ADCP toolbox and as a result, at the USGS in Woods Hole, we are converting to the new MATLAB netCDF techniques. This, and developments by ADCP vendors to provide more comprehensive processing software, have made this toolbox obsolete. You may still download the old ADCP and netCDF toolboxes here to use as you see fit, but we will not be able to provide resources for support.


These files are tailored to our studies here at the Woods Hole Field Center. As we receive feed back (and find the time) we will add more features, streamline code, improve documentation, etc.
Understand that our primary role for the USGS is to carry out field studies and we do not have a huge staff to maintain software. We will, however, try to respond to issues as our field schedule and priorities allow us the time.

Why are we doing this?

What we get from you is insight into methodology and improvements to the software.
We hope that you will contribute modules for others to use, we will post submitted contributions here.


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