Sea level variations in Gulf of Thailand
Thompson, Warren C.
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From a study of low-pass filtered hourly sea levels for Sattahip and Ko-Lak in the northern Gulf of Thailand during the period 1960 through 1966, the sea level variations due to meteorological effects are found. The mean annual variation of the filtered sea level, which averages 0.5 meters, is consistent with the climatological mean annual wind variations. This sea level change appears to be a response to the Ekman transport which would be expected from the seasonal monsoon wind regimes. Sea level response to atmospheric pressure is negligible compared with response to wind. Analyses performed to find relations between the filtered sea level and the gulf-wide geostrophic wind and local surface wind show that the sea level slopes upward across the gulf in the same direction as the local wind blows, the response being coherent in the frequency band 0.083-0.117 cycles per day (period 8 to 12 days). This wind set-up effect is clearly secondary to the Ekman transport in inducing the seasonal sea level variations observed in the gulf.
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