Coastal Ocean Circulation Experiment off Senegal (COCES)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE SGONICO (ITALY)
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To investigate the dynamics of coastal areas dominated by buoyancy input and wind forcing, influenced by complex topography and interacting with the deep ocean. To improve the understanding of coastal marine environmental evolution, with particular emphasis on eddy dynamics. The general objective of the COCES project is to investigate the coastal dynamics off NW Africa in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. In particular, it is planned to study the near-surface dispersion and circulation off the coast of Senegal, a region strongly influenced by coastal upwelling dynamics and affected by the runoff of an important river, using drifter observations and ancillary satellite data SST and ocean color over about a year from spring 2009 to winter 2010, in collaboration with local oceanographers.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography