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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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.