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Altimeter observations of sea-level variability off the west coast of North America

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A combination of careful harmonic analysis and high-resolution numerical modelling of tides in altimeter data from TOPEX/Poseidon and ERS-2 satellites allows detailed calculation of seasonal and interannual variability of sea level in coastal areas of the north-east Pacific Ocean. These calculations show large changes in sea level in marginal seas during the 1997-8 El Niño and La Niña events, as well as providing information on the origin and life cycle of large anticyclonic eddies, observed to be generated off the west coast of Canada.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Ocean Sciences Fisheries and Oceans Canada Sidney, BC V8L 4B2 Canada 2: Raytheon ITSS NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt Maryland 20771 USA

Publication date: 2004-04-01

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