publication . Article . 2003

Circulation in the French mediterranean coastal zone near Marseilles: the influence of wind and the Northern Current

C Albérola; C Millot;
  • Published: 07 Apr 2003 Journal: Continental Shelf Research, volume 23, pages 587-610 (issn: 0278-4343, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract Current meters were moored for a year both in and beyond the Cassis Bay to study the dispersion of muds discharged at a depth of ∼300 m, through a pipe, a few km from the coast and at the head of a submarine canyon. The east–west orientation of the coastline and a marked orography constrain the major winds to easterlies or westerlies. Empirical orthogonal function analysis shows that both wind regimes create a significant down-wind circulation, with the latter inducing also intense upwelling. Characteristics of the Northern Current, which flows along the slope, have been defined using a fine-grid hydrological survey. A narrow continental shelf allows th...
free text keywords: Aquatic Science, Geology, Oceanography
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