Book, J. W., Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, USA, book@nrlssc.navy.mil
Martin, P. J., Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, USA, martin@nrlssc.navy.mil
Chiggiato, J. ., Regional Agency for Environmental Prevention in Emilia-Romagna, Bologna, Italy, jacopo.chiggiato@ve.ismar.cnr.it
Rixen, M. ., NATO Undersea Research Center, La Spezia, Italy, rixen@nurc.nato.int
Burrage, D. ., Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, USA, burrage@nrlssc.navy.mil
Tudor, M. ., Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service, Zagreb, Croatia, tudor@cirus.dhz.hr
Ladner, S. ., Planning Systems Inc., Stennis Space Center, USA, sherwin.ladner@nrlssc.navy.mil

EDDIES IN THE WESTERN ADRIATIC CURRENT DOWNSTREAM OF CAPE GARGANO: PREDICTIONS, MONITORING, AND ADAPTIVE SAMPLING DURING THE DART EXPERIMENT

As part of the Dynamics of the Adriatic in Real-Time (DART) international collaborative project, a real-time coastal monitoring and prediction system was implemented with a focus on the study of the complex dynamics of the swiftly-evolving fronts and eddies of the Western Adriatic Current (WAC) in the central Adriatic Sea. During August and September 2006, a series of anticyclones formed in the WAC downstream of Cape Gargano. They were directly observed in real-time through remotely sensed Chlorophyll and Sea Surface Temperature imagery from MODIS Aqua, and by ship and mooring measurements. Three trawl-resistant, profiling SEPTR moorings deployed across the WAC show mesoscale variability in the mixed layer slope across the current and anti-cyclonic horizontal shear in currents except during a period of high winds. The anti-cyclonic eddies were successfully forecast by both the Navy Coastal Ocean Model (NCOM) and Adriatic Regional Ocean Modeling System (AdriaROMS) nowcast/forecast systems. The forecasts from these models, validated using remote sensing, were used to redirect ship sampling to provide high-resolution measurements of these eddy features.

Oral presentation

Presentation is given by student: No
Session #:143
Date: 03-06-2008
Time: 09:30

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