adv-class: Class to Store Acoustic-Doppler Velocimeter Data

adv-classR Documentation

Class to Store Acoustic-Doppler Velocimeter Data


This class holds data from acoustic-Doppler velocimeters.


A file containing ADV data is usually recognized by Oce, and so read.oce() will usually read the data. If not, one may use the general ADV function read.adv() or specialized variants read.adv.nortek(), read.adv.sontek.adr() or read.adv.sontek.text().

ADV data may be plotted with plot,adv-method() function, which is a generic function so it may be called simply as plot(x), where x is an adv object.

Statistical summaries of ADV data are provided by the generic function summary,adv-method().

Conversion from beam to xyz coordinates may be done with beamToXyzAdv(), and from xyz to enu (east north up) may be done with xyzToEnuAdv(). toEnuAdv() may be used to transfer either beam or xyz to enu. Enu may be converted to other coordinates (e.g. aligned with a coastline) with enuToOtherAdv().



As with all oce objects, the data slot for adv objects is a list containing the main data for the object. The key items stored in this slot include time and v.


As with all oce objects, the metadata slot for adv objects is a list containing information about the data or about the object itself. Examples that are of common interest include frequency, oceCordinate, and frequency.


As with all oce objects, the processingLog slot for adv objects is a list with entries describing the creation and evolution of the object. The contents are updated by various oce functions to keep a record of processing steps. Object summaries and processingLogShow() both display the log.

Modifying slot contents

Although the [[<- operator may permit modification of the contents of adv objects (see [[<-,adv-method), it is better to use oceSetData() and oceSetMetadata(), because those functions save an entry in the processingLog that describes the change.

Retrieving slot contents

The full contents of the data and metadata slots of a adv object may be retrieved in the standard R way using slot(). For example slot(o,"data") returns the data slot of an object named o, and similarly slot(o,"metadata") returns the metadata slot.

The slots may also be obtained with the [[,adv-method operator, as e.g. o[["data"]] and o[["metadata"]], respectively.

The [[,adv-method operator can also be used to retrieve items from within the data and metadata slots. For example, o[["temperature"]] can be used to retrieve temperature from an object containing that quantity. The rule is that a named quantity is sought first within the object's metadata slot, with the data slot being checked only if metadata does not contain the item. This [[ method can also be used to get certain derived quantities, if the object contains sufficient information to calculate them. For example, an object that holds (practical) salinity, temperature and pressure, along with longitude and latitude, has sufficient information to compute Absolute Salinity, and so o[["SA"]] will yield the calculated Absolute Salinity.

It is also possible to find items more directly, using oceGetData() and oceGetMetadata(), but neither of these functions can retrieve derived items.

See Also

Other classes provided by oce: adp-class, argo-class, bremen-class, cm-class, coastline-class, ctd-class, lisst-class, lobo-class, met-class, oce-class, odf-class, rsk-class, sealevel-class, section-class, topo-class, windrose-class, xbt-class

Other things related to adv data: [[,adv-method, [[<-,adv-method, advSontekAdrFileTrim(), adv, applyMagneticDeclination,adv-method, beamName(), beamToXyz(), enuToOtherAdv(), enuToOther(), plot,adv-method, read.adv.nortek(), read.adv.sontek.adr(), read.adv.sontek.serial(), read.adv.sontek.text(), read.adv(), rotateAboutZ(), subset,adv-method, summary,adv-method, toEnuAdv(), toEnu(), velocityStatistics(), xyzToEnuAdv(), xyzToEnu()


adv[["v"]] <- 0.001 + adv[["v"]] # add 1mm/s to all velocity components

oce documentation built on May 29, 2024, 7:48 a.m.