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Upper Layer Current Variability in the Central Ligurian Sea : Volume 7, Issue 2 (09/03/2010)

By Picco, P.

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Title: Upper Layer Current Variability in the Central Ligurian Sea : Volume 7, Issue 2 (09/03/2010)  
Author: Picco, P.
Volume: Vol. 7, Issue 2
Language: English
Subject: Science, Ocean, Science
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Sparnocchia, S., Bozzano, R., Cappelletti, A., Schiano, M. E., Pensieri, S., & Picco, P. (2010). Upper Layer Current Variability in the Central Ligurian Sea : Volume 7, Issue 2 (09/03/2010). Retrieved from

Description: ENEA CRAM, Forte S. Teresa, 19036 Pozzuolo di Lerici (SP), Italy. Long-time series of surface currents and meteorological parameters were analysed to estimate the variability of the upper layer circulation as a preliminary study of the Ligurian Air-Sea Interaction Experiment (LASIE07). Current meter data were collected by an upward-looking RDI Sentinel 300 kHz ADCP deployed in the Central Ligurian Sea (43°47.77' N; 9°02.85' E) near the meteo-oceanographic buoy ODAS ITALIA1 for over eight months. The ADCP sampled the upper 50 m of water column at 8 m vertical resolution and 1 h time interval; surface marine and atmospheric hourly data were provided by the buoy. Currents were mainly barotropic and directed NW, according to the general circulation of the area, had a mean velocity of about 18 cm s−1 and hourly mean peaks up to 80 m s−1. Most of the observed variability in the upper thermocline was determined by inertial currents and mesoscale activity due to the presence of the Ligurian Front. Local wind had a minor role in the near-surface circulation but induced internal waves propagating downward in the water column.

Upper layer current variability in the Central Ligurian Sea

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