Chart Datum (CD) is the plane of reference to which all charted depths and drying heights are related. In the Netherlands Territorial Sea and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the Lowest Astronomical Tide is adopted as CD, to show the least depth of water found in any place under “normal” meteorological conditions.

On land all heights and depths are related to the NAP (land survey datum), which is almost identical to the geoid. This reference surface has been extended to the EEZ by the NEVREF project of the Technical University of Delft. The NLLAT2018 reference surface provides at sea the geoid – ellipsoid separation (1), the LAT – ellipsoid separation (2) and the geoid – LAT separation (3). For the internal waters (Westerschelde, Oosterschelde and Wadden Sea), the Mean Sea Level – LAT separation established in 2006 has been merged. The accuracy for LAT is better than 10cm, the accuracy of the geoid is better than 3 cm (at sea).

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