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Two-way nested model of mesoscale circulation features in the Ligurian Sea

Barth, A.; Alvera-Azcarate, A.; Rixen, M.; Beckers, J-M.. 2005 Two-way nested model of mesoscale circulation features in the Ligurian Sea. Progress in Oceanography, 66 (2-4). 171-189. 10.1016/j.pocean.2004.07.017

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Abstract/Summary

A coarse resolution primitive equation model of 1/4° resolution is implemented covering the whole Mediterranean Sea. Within this grid a 1/20° resolution model of the Liguro-Provençal basin and the northern part of the Tyrrhenian Sea is embedded. A third fine resolution model of 1/60° is nested in the latter one and simulates the dynamics of the Ligurian Sea. Comparisons between one-way and two-way nesting in simulating the Northern Current (NC) are made. The properties of the Eastern and Western Corsican Current and the Northern Current are investigated with this nesting system. Special attention is given to the variability of the NC. Meanders and interactions with Winter Intermediate Water lenses are shown. Topographic features also lead to a highly variable NC.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.pocean.2004.07.017
ISSN: 0079-6611
Additional Keywords: two-way nested models, Western Corsican Current, Eastern Corsican Current, Northern Current, Ligurian Sea
Date made live: 23 Feb 2006 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/120391

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