Isolating the source of nontidal oceanographic noise in seafloor pressure data is critical for improving the use of these data for seafloor geodetic applications. Residuals between nearby bottom pressure records have typically been used to remove the nontidal components, as these are largely common-mode. To evaluate the similarities between pairs of observed bottom pressure records at a range of water depths, we calculate the standard deviations of the time series of residuals between data from all site pairs, installed in the Hikurangi subduction zone offshore New Zealand. We find that the magnitude of the standard deviation depends more on relative water depth than the distance between sites. This confirms the result of previous studies from Cascadia that nontidal components are more similar along isobaths even if the distance between sites is large. Furthermore, in order to reduce noises, the required depth difference between site pairs also varies with site depths.
- nontidal variation
- ocean bottom pressure
- water depth dependence
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)