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Trapped low frequency waves on the Northern Israeli continental shelf
Time series of sea level measurements from different instruments deployed around the Haifa Bay area are analyzed. All observations indicate the existence of persistent low frequency oscillations with periods corresponding to approximately one hour and half-an-hour. These oscillations are persistent throughout most of the year and reached maximal wave heights of around 30 cm, a comparable value to tidal variations, making these oscillations an important factor in determining the average sea level elevation. The work identifies the phenomenon as resonant trapped waves which are normal modes of the continental shelf extending from Haifa promontory to Achziv Canyon. Their temporal and spatial characteristics are learned through field measurement data analysis, wavelet analysis, numerical simulations and exploration of an analytic solution. Finally, possible mechanisms for the generation of these waves are discussed.
Stokes edge waves, Coastal Hazard, Sea level monitoring
32.9N, 32.8S, 34.9E, 35.1W