Cruise Report: DOLCE VITA 1 and 2, 31 January-24 February and 26 May-15 June, 2003
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE APPLIED PHYSICS LAB
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As part of the U.S. Office of Naval Research sponsored DOLCE VITA Dynamics of Localized Currents and Eddy Variability in the Adriatic program, a team of U.S., Italian, Croatian and Austrian investigators conducted two research cruises in the Northern Adriatic Sea designed to investigate mesoscale and submesoscale response to intense, small-scale Bora wind forcing and buoyant riverine discharge. A winter cruise February 2003, RV Knorr 172-03 observed the response of the largely unstratified northern basin to Bora forcing, which extended over the entire duration of the measurement program. Winter sampling centered on quasi-synoptic, three-dimensional surveys of physical and optical properties conducted using a towed, undulating profiling vehicle TriSoarus. Additional measurements were made using a bottom-moored five-beam Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler, a free-falling microstructure profiler, surface drifters, and conventional hydrographic sampling. Dedicated synoptic meteorological forecasts allowed us to focus wintertime sampling efforts on mesoscale features during periods of intense forcing. The summer cruise May June 2003, RV Knorr 172-11 sampled during a period of weak winds and anomalously weak river discharge. This report presents preliminary results from both field efforts.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography