Inversion for tides in the Eastern North Pacific Ocean

Edward P. Myers, António M. Baptista

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A regional model of tides in the Eastern North Pacific Ocean is developed through the use of inversion with two-dimensional finite element codes. Since global tide models are least accurate in coastal environments, modeling tides on a regional scale allows tidal propagation and interaction along the coast to be more accurately represented. In this respect, a regional model can act as a liaison between open ocean dynamics and physical processes more pertinent to coastal systems. The region of interest in this study extends from the Aleutian Islands to Southern California and includes deep ocean, continental shelf, and shallow water features. Boundary conditions are determined from nonlinear inversion of harmonic data from both shallow water and deep ocean tide gauges. Spatial patterns of amplitudes and phases from the model are examined for major constituents. Results are also compared to global tide models at selected stations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-519
Number of pages15
JournalAdvances in Water Resources
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Eastern North Pacific Ocean
  • Finite element
  • Hydrodynamic modeling
  • Inversion
  • Tides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology


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