Accession Number:

ADA527626

Title:

Surface Circulation in the Northeastern Mediterranean (NEMED)

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE SGONICO (ITALY)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

The long-term goals of this project are as follows 1 to investigate the dynamics of semi-enclosed seas dominated by buoyancy input and wind forcing and influenced by complex topography and 2 to improve the understanding of coastal marine environmental evolution, with particular emphasis on eddy dynamics. The main objectives of the NEMED project are to measure the surface currents in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea with a particular focus on 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 sea surface temperature SST and sea surface topography, and models. The investigators 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 a main focus on the currents trapped on the topographic slope and on sub-basin and mesoscale eddies, is planned for a full year to investigate any seasonal variability. The surface current observations will be interpreted in concert with the distribution of tracers SST, chlorophyll, etc. measured from satellites.

Subject Categories:

  • Meteorology
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE