EGU2020-13544, updated on 12 Jun 2020
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Impact of sea level variations on hydrographic survey around Taiwan

Wen-Hau Lan1, Chung-Yen Kuo2, Sheng-Fong Lin3, and Chien-Hsing Lu4
Wen-Hau Lan et al.
  • 1Department of Communications, Navigation and Control Engineering, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung, Taiwan (
  • 2Department of Geomatics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan (
  • 3Coastal Water and Environment Center, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (
  • 4Territorial Administration Section, Department of Land Administration, Ministry of the Interior, Taipei, Taiwan (

Taiwan is an island entirely surrounded by oceans, so living and economics are significantly influenced by the oceans. The electronic navigational chart system is extremely important for improving the safety of marine navigation and ocean depth is the essential data for electronic charts. Sea surface variations affected by ocean tide and sea level change are the main error sources in hydrographic surveys since the traditional tidal correction only using tide gauge stations, ignoring geographically non-uniform ocean tides and sea level anomalies around Taiwan. In this research, we evaluate two factors impacting the accuracy of hydrographic surveys, including ocean tides and seasonal sea level variations, using tide gauge records, satellite altimeter data and ocean tide models around Taiwan, and also analyze the accuracy of the ocean tide models around Taiwan. In addition, sea level anomalies are strongly influenced by climate changes in recent years. An understanding of seasonal sea level cycle and its spatial and temporal changes are importance because its temporal changes can result in the variation of the frequency and magnitude of coastal hazards. Therefore, we will apply the Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition to sea level data to assess the stability of the long-term seasonal sea level fluctuations with time.

How to cite: Lan, W.-H., Kuo, C.-Y., Lin, S.-F., and Lu, C.-H.: Impact of sea level variations on hydrographic survey around Taiwan, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-13544,, 2020