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Operational Analysis of the Circulation and Shelf-slope Exchanges in the Continental Margin of the Northwestern Mediterranean : Volume 3, Issue 3 (21/06/2006)

By Jordi, A.

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Title: Operational Analysis of the Circulation and Shelf-slope Exchanges in the Continental Margin of the Northwestern Mediterranean : Volume 3, Issue 3 (21/06/2006)  
Author: Jordi, A.
Volume: Vol. 3, Issue 3
Language: English
Subject: Science, Ocean, Science
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
Member Page: Copernicus Publications

Description: IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB), Institut Mediterrani d’Estudis Avançats, Esporles, Illes Balears, Spain. In this paper, we present the results from a high horizontal resolution numerical simulation of the northwestern Mediterranean using a z-level, non-hydrostatic, primitive equation ocean model (DieCAST). The high resolution allows an accurate representation of the submarine canyons that presides in the region. The model is one-way coupled to a large scale model of the Mediterrenean Sea through open boundaries and uses the atmospheric forcing fields provided in terms of HIRLAM outputs by the Spanish National Institute of Meteorology. Results show that the model can successfully reproduce the complex general circulation characteristics of the area, including the modificacions induced by canyons in their vicinity and other phenomena observed such as instabilities and coastal trapped waves. The sea surface temperature is similar to satellite observations except that simulated temperatures are slightly warmer near the coast than observations and colder near the open boundaries. An important topic of this work is the computation of the shelf-slope exchanges, which are able to renew shelf waters in a few months.

Operational analysis of the circulation and shelf-slope exchanges in the continental margin of the northwestern Mediterranean


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