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Interaction of dense shelf water cascading and open-sea convection in the northwestern Mediterranean during winter 2012

Durrieu de Madron, X.; Houpert, L.; Puig, P.; Sanchez-Vidal, A.; Testor, P.; Bosse, A.; Estournel, C.; Somot, S.; Bourrin, F.; Bouin, M. N.; Beauverger, M.; Beguery, L.; Calafat, A.; Canals, M.; Cassou, C.; Coppola, L.; Dausse, D.; D'Ortenzio, F.; Font, J.; Heussner, S.; Kunesch, S.; Lefevre, D.; Le Goff, H.; Martín, J.; Mortier, L.; Palanques, A.; Raimbault, P.. 2013 Interaction of dense shelf water cascading and open-sea convection in the northwestern Mediterranean during winter 2012. Geophysical Research Letters, 40 (7). 1379-1385. https://doi.org/10.1002/grl.50331

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Abstract/Summary

The winter of 2012 experienced peculiar atmospheric conditions that triggered a massive formation of dense water on the continental shelf and in the deep basin of the Gulf of Lions. Multiplatforms observations enabled a synoptic view of dense water formation and spreading at basin scale. Five months after its formation, the dense water of coastal origin created a distinct bottom layer up to a few hundreds of meters thick over the central part of the NW Mediterranean basin, which was overlaid by a layer of newly formed deep water produced by open‐sea convection. These new observations highlight the role of intense episodes of both dense shelf water cascading and open‐sea convection to the progressive modification of the NW Mediterranean deep waters.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1002/grl.50331
ISSN: 00948276
Date made live: 04 Feb 2019 14:55 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/522162

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