Accession Number : ADA557099
Title : Surface Circulation in the Northeastern Mediterranean (NEMED)
Descriptive Note : Annual rept.
Corporate Author : ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE SGONICO (ITALY)
Personal Author(s) : Poulain, Pierre-Marie
Report Date : 30 Sep 2011
Pagination or Media Count : 7
Abstract : The main goal on the NEMED project was to measure the surface currents in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea with particular focus to the eastern and northern areas of the Levantine sub-basin and to validate (or not) circulation patterns published in the literature based on in-situ observations (CTD and AXBT), remote sensing data (SST and sea surface topography) and models. It was proposed to use low-cost satellite-tracked drifters to measure currents in the near-surface mixed-layer. The monitoring of the circulation in the Northeastern Mediterranean, with main focus on the currents trapped on the topographic slope and on sub-basin and mesoscale eddies, was planned for a full year in order to investigate any seasonal variability. The surface current observations were interpreted in concert with the distribution of tracers (SST and chlorophyll) and the sea dynamic topography (altimeter data) measured from satellites.
Descriptors : *MEDITERRANEAN SEA , ITALY , OCEAN CURRENTS , OCEAN SURFACE
Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE