Tides, Surges and Mean Sea-Level, A Handbook for Engineers and Scientists



The past 20 years have seen a major increase in the measurement, analysis, and modeling of sea level phenomena. Whether the topic is the measurement of long-term climatic changes in sea level, mapping the global distribution of tides with satellites, or developing high-resolution storm surge models, there is a large technical literature on these and other sea level topics that is very useful, but often difficult for the nonspecialist or student to understand and apply. While previous texts and references, such as those by Defant [1961], Neumann and Pearson [1966], and Dietrich et al. [1980] provide an introduction to the classic description of tides a n d other sea level phenomena, none of these provides an introduction to the important advances that have occurred during this recent period.