Sea Level Fluctuations in Tórshavn: preliminary Results

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The fluctuations of sea level and currents at the Faroe Islands make quite an interesting subject. The position of the Islands, far from the continents, close to a supposed amphidromy and in one of the key areas with respect to the overflow of cold
bottom water from the Norwegian and Greenland seas into
the Atlantic indicate the theoretical importance, while the very
strong tidal currents on the Faroese plateau make obvious the practical importance. However, to the authors knowledge very little has been published on the subject, the highlight being a paper by Adam Poulsen dating back to 1906. He analyzed the tide in Tórshavn and his results are reproduced in table I.
The present study concerns itself with tide gauge measurements made in Tórshavn for the most part of 1973. As the work is still in progress, only preliminary results will be discussed. These include a tabulation of Harmonic constants and some investigations into the influence of atmospheric pressure on the sea level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-100
Number of pages24
JournalFróðskaparrit - Faroese Scientific Journal
Volume23. bók
Publication statusPublished - 1975


  • currents
  • sea level
  • oceanography
  • Faroe Islands


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