Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
Ocean Sci., 15, 269–290, 2019

Special issue: Hydrological cycle in the Mediterranean (ACP/AMT/GMD/HESS/NHESS/OS...

Ocean Sci., 15, 269–290, 2019

Research article 13 Mar 2019

Research article | 13 Mar 2019

Synergy between in situ and altimetry data to observe and study Northern Current variations (NW Mediterranean Sea)

Alice Carret et al.

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This study uses different in situ and satellite measurements to investigate ocean circulation in the NW Mediterranean Sea. We analyze how the different instruments (satellite altimetry, HF radars, gliders, ADCPs) capture current variability and how they complement each other. We demonstrate the ability of satellite altimetry to capture the fluctuations of the narrow coastal Northern Current at different timescales. This study provides an integrated approach to a coastal dynamics study.