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14 Jul 2020
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Coastal impacts of Storm Gloria (January 2020) over the north-western Mediterranean

Angel Amores, Marta Marcos, Diego S. Carrió, and Lluís Gómez-Pujol

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Cited articles

Amores, A., Marcos, M., Carrió, D. S., and Gómez-Pujol, L.: Video S.M. 1 from Coastal Impacts of Storm Gloria (January 2020) over the Northwestern Mediterranean, Zenodo,, 2020. a, b, c
Cañellas, B., Orfila, A., Méndez, F. J., Menéndez, M., Gómez-Pujol., L., and Tintoré, J.: Application of a POT model to estimate the extreme significant wave height levels around the Balearic Sea (Western Mediterranean), J. Coastal Res., 329–333, 2007.  a
Flamant, C., Pelon, J., Hauser, D., Quentin, C., Drennan, W. M., Gohin, F., Chapron, B., and Gourrion, J.: Analysis of surface wind and roughness length evolution with fetch using a combination of airborne lidar and radar measurements, J. Geophys. Res.-Oceans, 108, 8058,, 2003. a
Gómez-Pujol, L., Orfila, A., Morales-Márquez, V., Compa, M., Pereda, L., Fornós, J. J., and Tintoré, J.: Beach Systems of Balearic Islands: Nature, Distribution and Processes, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 269–287,, 2019. a
Kopp, R. E., Horton, R. M., Little, C. M., Mitrovica, J. X., Oppenheimer, M., Rasmussen, D. J., Strauss, B. H., and Tebaldi, C.: Probabilistic 21st and 22nd century sea-level projections at a global network of tide-gauge sites, Earth's Future, 2, 383–406,, 2014. a
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Storm Gloria hit the Mediterranean Spanish coastlines between 20 and 23 January 2020, causing severe damages such as flooding of the Ebro River delta. We evaluate its coastal impacts with a numerical simulation of the wind waves and the accumulated ocean water along the coastline (storm surge). The storm surge that reached values up to 1 m was mainly driven by the wind that also generated wind waves up to 8 m in height. We also determine the extent of the Ebro Delta flooded by marine water.
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