Articles | Volume 14, issue 4
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-14-689-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-14-689-2018
Research article
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25 Jul 2018
Research article |  | 25 Jul 2018

Wind-induced variability in the Northern Current (northwestern Mediterranean Sea) as depicted by a multi-platform observing system

Maristella Berta, Lucio Bellomo, Annalisa Griffa, Marcello G. Magaldi, Anne Molcard, Carlo Mantovani, Gian Pietro Gasparini, Julien Marmain, Anna Vetrano, Laurent Béguery, Mireno Borghini, Yves Barbin, Joel Gaggelli, and Céline Quentin

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The Northern Current (NC) in the NW Mediterranean Sea is studied by HF radar, glider, vessel survey, wind station, and model. NC variability is dominated by synoptic response to wind events, studied decomposing geostrophic and ageostrophic surface components. The combination of autonomous observing platforms with classical marine surveys provides high-resolution datasets for scientific purposes and practical applications such as the management of marine resources in the Mediterranean Sea.