The development of a novel tidal analysis package and its application to surface currents

Luke Kachelein (UC San Diego, United States)


Sarah Gille (UC San Diego, United States); Bruce Cornuelle (UC San Diego, United States); Matthew Mazloff (UC San Diego, United States)

Event: 2020 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting (virtual)

Session: Tides, internal tides and high-frequency processes

Presentation type: Type Forum only

A novel tidal analysis package (red_tide) has been developed to characterize low-amplitude non-stationary tidal energy and dominant tidal peaks in noisy, irregularly sampled, or gap-prone time series. Using Bayesian maximum a posteriori estimation assuming Gaussian linear statistics, we recover tidal information by expanding conventional harmonic analysis to include prior information and assumptions about the statistics of a process, such as the assumption of a red spectral background. We utilize a hierarchy of test cases, including synthetic data and observations, to evaluate this method and its relevance to analysis of model output and observational data with a tidal component and an energetic non-tidal background. Analysis of coastal radar data follows, revealing characteristics of stationary and non-stationary tides in surface current observations.
Luke Kachelein
UC San Diego
United States