Articles | Volume 15, issue 3
Ocean Sci., 15, 651–668, 2019
Ocean Sci., 15, 651–668, 2019

Research article 05 Jun 2019

Research article | 05 Jun 2019

The long-term variability of extreme sea levels in the German Bight

Andreas Lang and Uwe Mikolajewicz


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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (18 May 2019) by Markus Meier
Short summary
Here we investigate the occurrence of extreme storm surges in the southern German Bight and their associated large-scale forcing mechanisms using climate model simulations covering the last 1000 years. We find that extreme storm surges are characterized by a large internal variability that masks potential links to external climate forcing or background sea level fluctuations; existing estimates of extreme sea levels based on short data records thus fail to account for their full variability.