Diagnostic and prognostic model studies of the Adriatic Sea general circulation

Seasonal variability

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

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Abstract

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)
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research C: Oceans
Volume107
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 15 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Oceanography

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Diagnostic and prognostic model studies of the Adriatic Sea general circulation : Seasonal variability. / Zavatarelli, M.; Pinardi, N.; Kourafalou, Vassiliki H; Maggiore, A.

In: Journal of Geophysical Research C: Oceans, Vol. 107, No. 1, 15.01.2002.

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