The Inhambane station, as mentioned above, is a GLOSS station. The tide gauge was installed the harbour in the Inhambane City. The city is located in a long north-south oriented lagoon, at approximately 23º 40’S and 35º 19’E. The lagoon is long, narrow and shallow, with several sandbanks. The length is about 20 nautical miles, and 3 nautical miles average width. The harbour is located at about 13 miles from the open sea. There is a small river discharging into the lagoon. The water temperature in the bay varies from 20ºC to 31 ºC over the year (Meisfjord, 1997). There is a large tide phase lag between the tides in the sea and in the harbour, due to the long extension and the shallowness of the lagoon.
The station worked well for one year, from October 1948 to September 1949. The data obtained were of good quality. The station was interrupted for such long period, and it was rehabilitated in 1993 as a GLOSS station. It worked intermittently for two years, from October 1993 to May 1995. The data obtained were of poor quality.
(other information related to these stations, including the costs for maintenance of the station will follow later)