Tide gauge data have become increasing accessible to non-specialists through the availability of records over the Internet. Our original paper, "Use of local tidal records to identify relative sea level change: accuracy and error for decision makers", focused on highlighting the potential pitfalls in tide gauge data manipulation that non-specialists may not be aware of. Since publication, Rickards et al. have made helpful observations and raised queries about certain elements within our paper, which we respond to here.
Powell, V. A., McGlashan, D. J., & Duck, R. W. (2013). Response to "Comment on 'Use of local tidal records to identify relative sea level change: accuracy and error for decision makers' by Powell VA, McGlashan DJ, Duck RW (2012) J Coast Conserv" by Rickards L, Brown J, Hibbert A, Woodworth P, Plater AJ (2013) J Coast Conserv. Journal of Coastal Conservation, 17(3), 695-696. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11852-013-0268-x