Summary of Minimum Requirements for Documenting Stage-Area RatingsThis table provides a summary of the minimum requirements for documenting stage-area ratings, as specified in USGS, Office of Surface Water Technical Memo 2015.05.
|Stage-Area Rating Documentation||Electronic Data Archive or Rating Spreadsheet or Analysis Tool||Station Analysis||Station Description|
|Standard cross-section field survey data: survey notes, ADCP files, etc.||Required|
|Geographic location of standard cross-section||Possible||Possible||Required|
|Methods and equipment used to survey standard cross-section||Possible||Possible||Required|
|Methods and equipment used to survey standard cross-section for current stage-area rating in use (if methods vary among surveys)||Possible||Required|
|Field survey date and time||Possible||Required||Possible|
|Software used to develop rating (should be AreaComp2)||Possible||Required|
|NWIS rating number, applicable dates, and applicable range of stage||Possible||Required|
|AreaComp2 output: stage-area rating table and final cross-section table||Required|
|AreaComp2 *.mat file||Required|
|Rating validation analysis: description of survey, comparison of areas, and comparison of cross-section shape||Possible||Required|
|Rating validation survey field data: survey notes, ADCP files, etc.||Required|
|Rating validation survey AreaComp output and .act files||Required|
The term "Possible" indicates that it is possible for the specified information to be documented in that location, however it also must be documented in the location listed as "Required".