Topographic enhancement of long waves generated by an idealized moving pressure system


  • Alejandro Orfila Marine Technologies and Operational Oceanography Department, IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB)
  • Salvador Balle Marine Technologies and Operational Oceanography Department, IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB) - Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC)
  • Gonzalo Simarro Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC), Marine Geology Department



meteotsunami, long wave, rissaga


We studied the influence of the topography on the oceanic response to a traveling atmospheric disturbance and the relevance of its propagation direction on the generation of seiche oscillations. A primitive equation ocean model was used to analyze the response of two harbors located in insular systems to a pressure disturbance. The spectral component at the frequency of fundamental harbor resonance was determined from these data for different propagation directions of the incoming atmospheric disturbance. A conceptual model of interferences of resonantly generated ocean waves was introduced in order to explain energy maxima obtained by the numerical model close to the most affected areas.


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Orfila A, Balle S, Simarro G. Topographic enhancement of long waves generated by an idealized moving pressure system. scimar [Internet]. 2011Sep.30 [cited 2022Sep.29];75(3):595-603. Available from:




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