Observations of seiching and tides around the islands of Maurtius and Rodrigues

Lowry, Roy; Pugh, D. T.; Wijeratne, E. M. S.. 2008 Observations of seiching and tides around the islands of Maurtius and Rodrigues. Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science, 7 (1). 15-28.

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Short-period sea level changes around the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues in the central Indian Ocean have been analysed to determine the favoured seiche periods. The largest amplitudes are found inside the harbours of Port Louis, Mauritius (7 and 20 minutes) and Port Mathurin, Rodrigues (25 minutes), but these amplitudes are much smaller just outside the harbours, and the characteristic periods are found only locally, confirming that local topography controls the periods of the seiching. The extent and energising of these seiching phenomena calls for further investigation. Associated seiche currents, potentially much stronger than tidal currents, could influence harbour shipping movements. Analysis of the sea level data showed that there are significant spatial variations in the amplitudes and phases of the tides around Mauritius Island, but the around-island tidal variations are much smaller for Rodrigues Island.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: Oceans 2025 > Climate, ocean circulation and sea level
ISSN: 0856-860X
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Date made live: 11 Feb 2009 10:47 +0 (UTC)

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