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Volume 21, issue 1
Ann. Geophys., 21, 103-121, 2003
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-21-103-2003
© Author(s) 2003. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Special issue: Mediterranean Forecasting System Pilot Project (MFSPP)

Ann. Geophys., 21, 103-121, 2003
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-21-103-2003
© Author(s) 2003. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  31 Jan 2003

31 Jan 2003

Near Real Time SLA and SST products during 2-years of MFS pilot project: processing, analysis of the variability and of the coupled patterns

B. Buongiorno Nardelli1, G. Larnicol2, E. D’Acunzo1, R. Santoleri1, S. Marullo3, and P. Y. Le Traon2 B. Buongiorno Nardelli et al.
  • 1Istituto di Fisica dell’Atmosfera, CNR, Roma, Italy
  • 2Collecte Localisation Satellites, Toulouse, France
  • 3Ente Nazionale per l’Energia e l’Ambiente, Roma, Italy

Abstract. The Near Real Time (NRT) operational products developed from satellite data (AVHRR, Topex/Poseidon, Ers-2) in the framework of the Mediterranean Forecasting System Pilot Project (MFSPP, autumn 1998–autumn 2000) are described and compared to delayed time products over the Mediterranean sea. MFSPP SLA and SST data are then discussed in the general context of the Mediterranean circulation, showing the interannual variability of the fields and identifying recurrent or anomalous features at mesoscale/sub-basin scales. Finally, MFSPP data are used to test, on a regional (Mediterranean) context, a multivariate method to identify coupled modes of variability, consisting in the SVD of the covariance between SST and SLA.

Key words. Oceanography: general (marginal and semi-closed seas) – Oceanography: physical (sea level variations; upper ocean processes)

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