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UKCP18 Historical Simulations of Gridded Sea Surface Elevation around the UK from 1970-2006

Update Frequency: As Needed
Latest Data Update: 2018-11-21
Status: Ongoing
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2018-11-26
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 210 Files | 137GB


The data are simulated instantaneous sea surface elevations above time-mean sea level due to tides alone (tideAnom) and due to tide and meteorological surge (tideSurgeAnom). The data were produced by the Met Office Hadley Centre, using data made available by the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) and the Climate Model Intercomparison Project, phase 5 (CMIP5). The data were produced to investigate the impact of simulated atmospheric storminess change on extreme sea levels. To produce the data, atmospheric winds and pressure from the SMHI Regional Atmospheric Model RCA4 was used to drive the CS3 continental shelf model. The data are the resulting simulated sea surface elevations. Five CMIP5 historical simulations were downscaled in this way: EC-EARTH, HadGEM2-ES, MPI-ESM-LR, IPSL-CM5A-MR, CNRM-CM5. The data covers the period 1970 to 2005, and applies to the UK coast.

Citable as:  Met Office Hadley Centre (2018): UKCP18 Historical Simulations of Gridded Sea Surface Elevation around the UK from 1970-2006. Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: UKCP18, Marine, Tide Surge, Historical, Simulations


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Data provided by the UK Met Office

File Format:
Data are NetCDF formatted

Process overview

This dataset was generated by the computation detailed below.

UKCP18 Historical Simulations of Gridded Sea Surface Elevation in UK Waters


The historical sea surface elevation simulations for UK waters are driven with data from five CMIP5 models:
The driving models were themselves forced with the historical CMIP5 forcings.

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  • units: m
  • long_name: Sea surface height above mean sea level due to modelled astronomical tide only
  • var_id: tideAnom

Co-ordinate Variables

  • units: degrees
  • standard_name: latitude
  • var_id: latitude
  • units: degrees
  • standard_name: longitude
  • var_id: longitude
  • standard_name: time
  • var_id: time
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