Physical Oceanography Laboratory: Meteorological tsunamis – catalogue

Meteorological tsunamis in the Adriatic Sea

Meteorological tsunamis (meteotsunamis) are rare but hazardous long ocean waves, which have the same frequencies and spatial scales as tsunami waves. Meteotsunamis are, however, not related to seismic activity, volcanin explosions, or submarine landslides, but to atmospheric forcing: pressure jumps, atmospheric gravity waves, frontal passages, squalls, etc. The eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea is among the world locations especially endangered by meteorological tsunamis.

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