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 Nardelli, G. Larnicol, E. D'Acunzo, R. Santoleri, S. Marullo, P.Y. Le Traon

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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 multi-variate method to identify coupled modes of variability, consisting in the SVD of the covariance between SST and SLA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103 - 121
Number of pages19
JournalAnnales Geophysicae
Volume21
Issue number1 PART I
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Buongiorno Nardelli, B., Larnicol, G., D'Acunzo, E., Santoleri, R., Marullo, S., & Le Traon, P. Y. (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. Annales Geophysicae, 21(1 PART I), 103 - 121.