Interpreting and analyzing King Tide in Tuvalu

  title={Interpreting and analyzing King Tide in Tuvalu},
  author={Ccj Lin and Chung‐Ru Ho and Yu-Hsin Cheng},
  journal={Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences},
Abstract. The spatial and temporal distribution of sea-level rise has the potential to cause regional flooding in certain areas, and low-lying island countries are severely at risk. Tuvalu, an atoll country located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, has been inundated by this regional flooding for decades. Tuvaluans call this regional flooding phenomenon King Tide, a term not clearly defined, blaming it for loss of life and property in announcing their intention to migrate. In this study, we… 

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