Tides and Sea Level

People interested in tidal analysis of sea level data, whether for study of the tides themselves or for the purpose of data quality control, could find the following useful for the background science:

Simple explanations of tides can be found through:

A Tidal Glossary (edited by David Pugh) is contained in the American Meteorological Society Glossary of Meteorology (ed. T S Glickman) 2000 and also in the 2004 book by David Pugh referred to above.

A history of tidal research can be found in:

For a discussion of primarily the geological information to be extracted from the PSMSL data set, see:

Sea level changes over various timescales and their impacts are discussed in:

For a description of sea level changes on geological timescales, see:

For a description of tsunamis and their impacts, see:

For sea levels measured from space by satellite radar altimetry, see:

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports

For an extensive discussion of recent climate change-related aspects of sea level, and of impacts of sea level change, see the Scientific Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. These include reports from Working Groups I and II (Scientific Assessment and Impacts of Climate Change).

Chapters on sea level in the Second Assessment Report (SAR) from 1995 can be referenced as:

The IPCC Third Assessment Report (TAR) from 2001 again included Working Groups I and II and also a WG III on Mitigation Strategies. Full texts of these reports, together with Summaries for Policymakers for each Working Group (i.e. summaries of the whole reports, not just sea level) can still be downloaded from the IPCC web site.

The sea level chapter in the TAR Working Group I report can be referenced as:

In the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) from 2007, sea level changes were included in a chapter which also discussed hydrographic changes in the ocean. The reference is:

and this can also be downloaded from the IPCC web site.

The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) was published in 2013, and contains an entire chapter dedicated to sea level rise:

UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) and UK Climate Projections (UKCP) Reports

For people in the UK, the UKCIP reports on future climate may also be worth reading. Also see the recent UKCP09 report which includes a marine and coastal projections component.