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JRC Sea Level Database

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has developed a storm surge system for the Tropical Cyclones included in the Global Disasters Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) and the Storm Surge Calculation System (SSCS) for the storm surge events in Europe. Every day the results of these calculation systems are compared with the measurements included in the JRC Sea Level Database. This database includes the sea level measurements, theoretical sea levels tides and storm surge for more than 1000 stations around the world and is wildly used in storm surge and tsunami activities. Currently, the alert levels in the JRC storm surge systems are based only on the maximum storm surge heights and don’t include the effect of the tides. This effect is very important, because the increase of the water level is extremely damaging when the storm surge coincides with a period of high tide. In this analysis, the JRC Sea Level Database is used to show the importance of the tides in the JRC storm surge alert systems (GDACS and SSCS).