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Interactions Between Mean Sea Level, Tide, Surge, Waves and Flooding: Mechanisms and Contributions to Sea Level Variations at the Coast

Abstract : Coastal areas epitomize the notion of `at risk' territory in the context of climate change and sea-level rise (SLR). Knowledge of the water level changes at the coast resulting from the mean sea level variability, tide, atmospheric surge and wave setup is critical for coastal flooding assessment. This study investigates how coastal water level can be altered by interactions between SLR, tides, storm surges, waves and flooding. The main mechanisms of interaction are identified, mainly by analyzing the shallow-water equations. Based on a literature review, the orders of magnitude of these interactions are estimated in different environments. The investigated interactions exhibit a strong spatio-temporal variability. Depending on the type of environments (e.g. morphology, hydro-meteorological context), they can reach several tens of centimeters (positive or negative). As a consequence, probabilistic projections of future coastal water levels and flooding should identify whether interaction processes are of leading order, and, where appropriate, projections should account for these interactions through modeling or statistical methods.
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Déborah Idier, Xavier Bertin, Philip Thompson, Mark Pickering. Interactions Between Mean Sea Level, Tide, Surge, Waves and Flooding: Mechanisms and Contributions to Sea Level Variations at the Coast. Surveys in Geophysics, Springer Verlag (Germany), 2019, ⟨10.1007/s10712-019-09549-5⟩. ⟨hal-02167224⟩

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