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https://doi.org/10.5194/os-14-669-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-14-669-2018
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20 Jul 2018
Research article |  | 20 Jul 2018

Mesoscale eddies in the Algerian Basin: do they differ as a function of their formation site?

Federica Pessini, Antonio Olita, Yuri Cotroneo, and Angelo Perilli

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The Algerian Basin plays a key role in the WMED, and the formation and propagation of mesoscale structures strongly influence its circulation. They transport water masses, heat, salts and other properties and also have an impact on chlorophyll and fisheries. We investigated the spatial and temporal distribution of the eddies by applying a detection and tracking method to altimetry data. The results show mesoscale structures with different origins, behaviours and energies.