Diagnostic and prognostic model studies of the Adriatic Sea general circulation: Seasonal variability

M. Zavatarelli, N. Pinardi, V. H. Kourafalou, A. Maggiore

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The climatological seasonal variability of the Adriatic Sea general circulation is studied by carrying out diagnostic and prognostic numerical experiments. Two different sets of European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts-derived forcing functions were used to drive the model, because of the uncertainties in the heat and momentum flux determination, and the results are compared. The diagnostic simulations allowed a comparison of the model solutions with the observed baroclinic general circulation, and the results, in agreement with recent observations, suggest that during winter the Western Adriatic Coastal Current has a significant barotropic component, while during summer all the general circulation features are largely baroclinic. The prognostic simulations indicated that the circulation has a large seasonal variability, whose amplitude may be affected by the strength of the wind-forcing field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-1 - 4-20
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 15 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Adriatic Sea
  • Continental shelf processes
  • Marginal and semienclosed seas
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Numerical modeling
  • Seasonal circulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology


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