Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
Research article
20 Feb 2013
Research article |  | 20 Feb 2013

A survey of strong high-frequency sea level oscillations along the US East Coast between 2006 and 2011

S. Pasquet, I. Vilibić, and J. Šepić

Abstract. A systematic survey of high-frequency sea level oscillations (<6 h) measured between 2006 and 2011 along the US East Coast is performed. Raw 1-min resolution sea level data is used. After performing a data quality check, the nine most intense events, with maximum recorded wave heights ranging from 40 to 100 cm, are identified. Focusing on three of these events enables us to recognize two different generation mechanisms: (i) topographically-trapped edge waves which are found to be a significant contributor to the strongest observed oscillations, and (ii) standing waves, which occur over enclosed shallow waters and may result in significant wave heights of up to 100 cm. A reproduction of the observed oscillations is a part of a future work, which will include an assessment of a generating force in the atmosphere, allowing for a better prevention of potential flooding along the US East Coast.