Multidecadal sea level anomalies and trends in the western tropical Pacific

Edited: 2012-08-07
TitleMultidecadal sea level anomalies and trends in the western tropical Pacific
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMerrifield, M., P. Thompson, and M. Lander
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume39
Issue13
Date Published07/2012
ISSN0094-8276
Keywordsclimate, sea_level, tide_gauge, wind
AbstractTide gauge data are used to relate low frequency sea level changes over the past 60 years in the western tropical Pacific, including a significant positive trend over the past two decades, to Pacific climate indices. Five-year averages of western tropical Pacific sea level are well explained by global sea-level rise and a combination of slowly varying trade wind fluctuations captured by dominant climate indices for the tropical Pacific. Implications for multidecadal sea level variations in the region are considered using reconstructions based on the climate indices.
DOI10.1029/2012GL052032
Short TitleGeophys. Res. Lett.