Reply to comment on “Storm surge frequency reduction in Venice under climate change” by G. Jordà, D. Gomis & M. Marcos
The commentary on our paper “Storm surge frequency reduction in Venice under climate change” (Troccoli et al. 2011, hereafter TZHM) by Jordà et al. 2011a (hereafter JGM) demonstrates the high level of interest in possible climate change impacts on the city of Venice. We applaud the effort of JGM in attempting to address two expected criticisms to TZHM, namely the role of: 1) the intensity of the storm surges in Venice and 2) the sea level projection for Venice for the end of the XXI century. As we argue here, however, the first criticism is not corroborated by either past data or model projections; the second is subject to very large uncertainties, as JGM themselves point out “As a caution to our results, we must state that mean sea level projections in the Mediterranean are still a topic under scientific discussion.”. Therefore we believe our original conclusions remain essentially unaltered.
As in JGM, we address the two criticisms one at a time. We also point out and...
KeywordsCyclone Extreme Storm Inverse Barometer Steric Component Extreme Tide
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