Seiches induced by storms in the English Channel


Wells, N.C., Baldwin, D. and Haigh, I. (2005) Seiches induced by storms in the English Channel. Journal of Atmosphere and Ocean Science, 10, (1-4), 1-14. (doi:10.1080/17417530410001704645).

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Investigation of an extreme storm surge event revealed the presence of an oscillation in sea level with a period of 2–6 h. The English Channel is well known for its quarter- and sixth-diurnal tides, and it was expected that these oscillations were simply the result of tide-surge interactions. However, results of model experiments permitted the reproduction of oscillations from wind forcing alone. The forcing used was from an extreme wind event in December 1989. In this article we describe these oscillations, and in particular their spatial characteristics. It is shown that the dominant response is a transverse mode of the English Channel, with minimum amplitude in the central Channel and maximum amplitude in the Baie de Seine and the Golfe de St Malo.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1741-7538 (print)
Keywords: English Channel, Surface wind stress, Transverse mode
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences > Ocean and Earth Science > Coastal & Shelf Seas
Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences > Ocean and Earth Science > Physical Oceanography
ePrint ID: 13570
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2004
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2015 11:58
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/13570

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