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Lagrangian transport in a microtidal coastal area: The Bay of Palma, island of Mallorca, Spain

AuthorsHernández Carrasco, Ismael ; López, Cristóbal ; Orfila, Alejandro ; Hernández-García, Emilio
KeywordsMediterranean Sea
Majorca
Balearic Islands
Wind direction
Numerical model
Lagrangian analysis
Spain
Topography
Coastal zone
Spatial resolution
Issue Date31-Oct-2013
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union
European Geosciences Union
Copernicus Publications
CitationNonlinear Processes in Geophysics 20(5): 921-933 (2013)
AbstractCoastal transport in the Bay of Palma, a small region in the island of Mallorca, Spain, is characterized in terms of Lagrangian descriptors. The data sets used for this study are the output for two months (one in autumn and one in summer) of a high resolution numerical model, ROMS (Regional Ocean Model System), forced atmospherically and with a spatial resolution of 300 m. The two months were selected because of their different wind regime, which is the main driver of the sea dynamics in this area. Finite-size Lyapunov exponents (FSLEs) were used to locate semi-persistent Lagrangian coherent structures (LCS) and to understand the different flow regimes in the bay. The different wind directions and regularity in the two months have a clear impact on the surface bay dynamics, whereas only topographic features appear clearly in the bottom structures. The fluid interchan. © 2013. CC Attribution 3.0 License.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/npg-20-921-2013
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/99317
DOI10.5194/npg-20-921-2013
Identifiersdoi: 10.5194/npg-20-921-2013
issn: 1023-5809
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