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Title: Long-term sea-level changes in Hong Kong from tide-gauge records
Authors: Ding, X 
Chao, J
Zheng, D
Chen, Y 
Keywords: Atmospheric pressure
Land subsidence
Sea-level change
Wavelet transform
Issue Date: 2001
Source: Journal of coastal research, 2001, v. 17, no. 3, p. 749-754 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Coastal Research 
Abstract: Over four decades of tide-gauge data and leveling measurements collected at two tide-gauge stations in Hong Kong are analyzed to study the long-term tendency and the frequency features in the sea-level changes in the region. The results show that there has been a long-term sea-level rise of 1.9 mm per year and a land subsidence of over 4 mm per year at the tide-gauge stations. The variations in sea-level from seasonal through to decadal time scales are detected by using the time-frequency spectrum of wavelet transform. The annual, semiannual and the 18.6-year variations are most significant and exhibit stable periodicity. The local atmospheric pressure variations mainly influence the annual sea-level change and the effect amounts to 33% of the magnitude calculated before the inverted barometer corrections are applied. It is also projected from the extrapolation of the current trends of sea-level rise and ground subsidence that the absolute and relative mean sea-levels in Hong Kong may further rise by 10 cm and 30 cm respectively by the middle of the next century. The possible maximum relative mean sea-level change, when considering the various temporal variations, can be as high as 50 cm in the next half century.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/18531
ISSN: 0749-0208
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