Monitoring of recently sea level changes on the coast of New Zealand using XTRACK coastal altimetry and tide gauge data

Erkoç M. H., Doğan U.

CONTINENTAL SHELF RESEARCH, vol.269, pp.1, 2023 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 269
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.csr.2023.105127
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Artic & Antarctic Regions, CAB Abstracts, Communication Abstracts, Environment Index, Geobase, INSPEC, Metadex, Pollution Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.1
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The rise in sea level along the coasts of New Zealand has accelerated in recent decades due to the impact of

climate change. Determining the effects of these changes on the coastal regions is critical for their

sustainability. In order to gain insight into these impacts, the present study aimed to analyze sea level

changes using satellite altimetry and tide gauge data from 11 tide gauge stations along the New Zealand

coast between 1993 and 2022, as well as XTRACK data processed with the coastal altimetry approach to

minimize the effects of classical altimetry near coasts. The least-squares parameter estimation method was

used to analyze the data and determine annual and semi-annual seasonal effects. The results showed that a

significant increase have been observed in sea level of 3.8+0.5 mm/yr along the coast of New Zealand from

1993 to 2022 using coastal altimetry data. The results of this study demonstrate the importance of closely

monitoring the impacts of sea level rise on the coastal regions of New Zealand to ensure their long-term

sustainability. The results also highlight the utility of using multiple data sources and methods to provide a

comprehensive understanding of these changes.