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Subsurface circulation and mesoscale variability in the Algerian subbasin from altimeter-derived eddy trajectories

AutorEscudier, Romain ; Mourre, Baptiste ; Juzà, Melanie; Tintoré, Joaquín
Fecha de publicación25-ago-2016
EditorAmerican Geophysical Union
CitaciónJournal of Geophysical Research-Oceans 121: 6310-6322 (2016)
ResumenAlgerian eddies are the strongest and largest propagating mesoscale structures in the Western Mediterranean Sea. They have a large influence on the mean circulation, water masses and biological processes. Over 20 years of satellite altimeter data have been analyzed to characterize the propagation of these eddies using automatic detection methods and cross-correlation analysis. We found that, on average, Algerian eddy trajectories form two subbasin scale anticlockwise gyres that coincide with the two Algerian gyres which were described in the literature as the barotropic circulation in the area. This result suggests that altimetry sea surface observations can provide information on subsurface currents and their variability through the study of the propagation of deep mesoscale eddies in semienclosed seas. The analysis of eddy sea level anomalies along the mean pathways reveals three preferred areas of formation. Eddies are usually formed at a specific time of the year in these areas, with a strong interannual variability over the last 20 years.
Identificadoresdoi: 10.1002/2016JC011760
issn: 2169-9291
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