Monday, 10 June 2024 – Salish Sea Storm Surge Forecast

Marine and Atmospheric Conditions - Storm Surge Alerts

Marine and Atmospheric Conditions - Storm Surge Alerts image


This page presents output from a research project. Results are not expected to be a robust prediction of the storm surge.

Model sea surface height has been evaluated through a series of hindcasts for significant surge events in 2006, 2009, and 2012 [1].


[1] Soontiens, N., Allen, S., Latornell, D., Le Souef, K., Machuca, I., Paquin, J.-P., Lu, Y., Thompson, K., Korabel, V. (2015). Storm surges in the Strait of Georgia simulated with a regional model. Atmosphere-Ocean volume 54, issue 1.

Tidal Predictions for Point Atkinson

Tidal Predictions for Point Atkinson image

Tide Gauge Station Sea Surface Heights:

Point Atkinson Sea Surface Height image

Data Sources

The forcing data used to drive the Salish Sea models are obtained from several sources:

Winds and metorological conditions
Open boundary conditions
  • Fraser river: Real-time Environment Canada data at Hope
  • Other rivers: J. Morrison , M. G. G. Foreman and D. Masson, 2012. A method for estimating monthly freshwater discharge affecting British Columbia coastal waters. Atmosphere-Ocean volume 50, issue 1.
Tidal constituents
  • Tidal predictions were generated using constituents from the Canadian Hydrographic Service.

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