Station Information

Station ID: 317
Latitude: 42.483333
Longitude: 27.483333
Coastline code: 295
Station code: 21
Time span of RLR data: 1929 – 1996
RLR completeness (%): 86
Time span of metric data: 1928 – 1996
Metric completeness (%): 85
Date of last update: 27 Aug 1997

Green Arrow: Current Station
Yellow Marker: Neighbouring RLR Station
Red Marker: Neighbouring Metric Station

Please note: In many cases, the station position in our database is accurate to only one minute. Thus, the tide gauge may not appear to be on the coast.

Station Documentation

Link to RLR information.

Documentation added 1997-08-27

The site of the tide gauge is subject to subsidence. During the period 1929-95 the datum of observations has sunk 0.244m

Documentation added 1999-03-10

For a discussion on sea level trends along Black Sea coasts see Variations of the Black Sea Level by S.G.Boguslavsky et al., Physical Oceanography, 9(3), 199-208, 1998.

Documentation added 1999-03-10

Bulgarian sea levels likely to be heavily influenced by river flow.

Documentation added 1999-03-10

In March 1999 a 'buddy checking' on the following 6 Black Sea stations in the RLR data set in order to check out some apparent west-east differences in the MSL values:
295021R Bourgas Bulgaria
295051R Varna ..
297021R Constantza Romania
300001R Tuapse Russia
305021R Poti Georgia
305031R Batumi ..
It seems that Varna, Tuapse and Batumi seem basically 'ok' except that after about 1985 Tuapse and Batumi start to increase relative to Varna. The increase of Tuapse is about 10 cm relative to the western ones, that of Batumi is more like 20. Bourgas compared to Varna seems 'ok' as well except there is a period around 1950-55 when Bourgas is relatively low by about 8 cm. Also Constantza is ok relative to Varna if a large dip in Constantza around 1980-85 and a datum shift around 1948 are taken out. Tuapse minus Constantza shows the rise from about 1985 again. For Poti, it is very hard to see what is going on given the large background trend. It has a clear large fall in 1960's though. real? And as Tuapse and Batumi have different increases relative to the west presumably the effect is in the east? Are there levelling (datum) concerns we are not aware of? Recent changes to local rivers?

Documentation added 2000-01-25

Bourgas 295/021 RLR(1995) is 11.5m below BM no. 12
Bourgas is an historic station last data 1996.

Data Authority

Min. of Regional Dev. and Construction
Research Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry
1 Moussala Str.
1618 Sofia