The Tides of the Red Sea

David T. Pugh, Yasser Abualnaja, Ewa Jarosz

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This paper describes the present tidal regime in the Red Sea. Both the diurnal and the semidiurnal tidal amplitudes are small because of the constricted connection to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, at the Bab el Mandeb Strait. Semidiurnal tides have a classic half-wave pattern, with a central amphidrome, zero tidal range, between Jeddah and Port Sudan. We present a high resolution numerical model output of several tidal constituents, and also model the amphidrome position in terms of ingoing and outgoing tidal Kelvin waves. We quantify the energy budgets for fluxes and dissipation.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringer Oceanography
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)9783319994161
StatePublished - Dec 7 2018


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