Articles | Volume 16, issue 11
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 2373–2389, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-2373-2016
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 2373–2389, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-2373-2016

Research article 21 Nov 2016

Research article | 21 Nov 2016

Coastal flooding: impact of waves on storm surge during extremes – a case study for the German Bight

Joanna Staneva et al.

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This study addresses the impact of wind, waves, tidal forcing and baroclinicity on the sea level of the German Bight during extreme storm events. The role of wave-induced processes, tides and baroclinicity is quantified, and the results are compared with in situ measurements and satellite data. Considering a wave-dependent approach and baroclinicity, the surge is significantly enhanced in the coastal areas and the model results are closer to observations, especially during the extreme storm.
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