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Mediterranean sea level trends: atmospheric pressure and wind contribution

Tsimplis, M.N.; Alvarez-Fanjul, E.; Gomis, D.; Fenoglio-Marc, L.; Perez, B.. 2005 Mediterranean sea level trends: atmospheric pressure and wind contribution. Geophysical Research Letters, 32 (20). L20602. 10.1029/2005GL023867

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Abstract/Summary

The 9 longest tide-gauge records in the Mediterranean Sea are compared with the output of a barotropic model forced by atmospheric pressure and wind. Between 1958 and 2001 the tide-gauges indicate sea level trends of −0.4 to 0.7 mm/yr. During the same period the model shows sea level reduction of −0.4 to −0.7 mm/yr linked with the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). After the removal of the meteorological influence from the sea level records the resulting trends are ~0.3 ± 0.4 mm/yr at the western Mediterranean and ~1.3 ± 0.4 mm/yr at the eastern Mediterranean. The eastern basin is strongly affected by rapid sea level rise in the period 1993–2001 with rates of 5–10 mm/yr which are probably related to the Eastern Mediterranean Transient (EMT).

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1029/2005GL023867
ISSN: 0094-8276
Date made live: 16 Jan 2006 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/119172

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