Intermediate water formation in the Ligurian Sea

S. Sparnocchia, P. Picco, G.M.R. Manzella, A. Ribotti, S. Copello, P. Brasey

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Data, obtained during 1991 in the framework of the PRIMO programme, have shown the formation of dense water with temperature and salinity properties significantly different from those found during observations carried out in 1969, as part of the MedOc experiment in the same area. In 1969, strong cold winds caused the mixing and cooling of the water column to a depth of 1200 m. In 1991, the surface forcings were not strong enough to erode the stratification from the surface to the bottom, and the dense water formed found its equilibrium depth at an intermediate level. -from Authors
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151 - 162
Number of pages12
JournalOceanologica Acta
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science

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Sparnocchia, S., Picco, P., Manzella, G. M. R., Ribotti, A., Copello, S., & Brasey, P. (1995). Intermediate water formation in the Ligurian Sea. Oceanologica Acta, 18(2), 151 - 162.