Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
Research article
23 Sep 2020
Research article |  | 23 Sep 2020

Impact of a medicane on the oceanic surface layer from a coupled, kilometre-scale simulation

Marie-Noëlle Bouin and Cindy Lebeaupin Brossier


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AR by Marie-Noelle Bouin on behalf of the Authors (10 Jul 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (27 Jul 2020) by Katrin Schroeder
RR by James Hlywiak (03 Aug 2020)
RR by Ali Harzallah (09 Aug 2020)
ED: Publish as is (13 Aug 2020) by Katrin Schroeder
Short summary
A kilometre-scale coupled ocean–atmosphere simulation is used to study the impact of a medicane on the oceanic upper layer. The processes responsible for the surface cooling are comparable to those of weak tropical cyclones. The oceanic response is influenced by the dynamics of the central Mediterranean. In particular, a cyclonic eddy leads to weaker cooling. Heavy rain occuring early in the event creates a salinity barrier layer, reinforcing the effects of the surface fluxes on the cooling.