Name: Amy V.
Date: August 2002
Is there are formula for calculating the time of low and high
tides and also their heights?
Yes, there are formulas. Software is
available from the National Ocean
Service of NOAA at
You can look at the "History of Tidal
Analysis and Prediction" link in the boxes
at the bottom of the page to see
how the predictions developed.
Back on the home page, use the link at
the bottom of the page,
"Oceanographic Products and Services".
Then use the link "Frequently Asked Questions".
Then scroll down to "I want to develop my
own program to predict the tides......"
This describes what is needed to be able to
make predictions. The prediction program
is in the FORTRAN language (which I use
all of the time and is fine for me), so it
may not be convenient for you if you do not
know that language.
An email address and phone number are
provided so that you can call them and place
an order or get more information.
David R. Cook
Atmospheric Research Section
Environmental Research Division
Argonne National Laboratory
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