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Sea levels around Barbados from tide gauges and satellite altimetry


Miller, K and Hart, B and Sydney, P, Sea levels around Barbados from tide gauges and satellite altimetry, Survey Review, 44, (326) pp. 215-222. ISSN 0039-6265 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Survey Review Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1179/1752270611Y.0000000025


Like many of the small island states of the Caribbean, mean sea level on Barbados was initially established using a short term data set, and this served the purpose of marine navigation. In the 70 years since sea levels were first observed, a number of other measurement series have been made for different purposes. Sea level is now a concern for coastal vulnerability. Data that have been acquired over the years is now brought together with some recent observations to investigate the trend. Discrepancies in the datum that have been used are identified, and further work is undertaken to investigate the cause of variations in sea level that are seen to occur beyond normal tidal and meteorological influence. Satellite altimetry is used with recently acquired data from a tide gauge to show that eddies formed in the Atlantic Ocean can change sea levels around Barbados by up to 0?3 m. Comparative results obtained using tide gauge data and satellite altimetry confirm mean sea level and seasonal variation. Results suggest that integration of these techniques is ideally suited to determining variations in sea level around small island states. © 2012 Survey Review Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Physical geography and environmental geoscience not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Miller, K (Dr Keith Miller)
ID Code:83499
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2013-03-15
Last Modified:2013-07-24

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