Seasonal patterns of wind-induced upwelling/downwelling in the Mediterranean Sea

Authors

  • Andrew Bakun Marine Resources Service, Fisheries Department, FAO - Lab. Halieutique et Ecosystèmes Aquatiques, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)
  • Vera Natalie Agostini 3School of Fisheries, University of Washington

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2001.65n3243

Keywords:

Mediterranean, upwelling, productivity, wind, COADS

Abstract


The historical file of wind observations from maritime weather reports is summarized to identify the characteristic seasonal distributions of wind-induced Ekman upwelling and downwelling in the Mediterranean Sea. Both coastal upwelling/downwelling and wind-stress curl-driven open ocean upwelling/downwelling are treated in a unified description. Vigorous upwelling zones are found in the eastern Aegean Sea, off the west coast of Greece, and in the Gulf of Lyons. The southern coast of the Mediterranean is found to be primarily a downwelling area, although significant coastal upwelling does appear in the Gulf of Sidra during the spring and summer seasons, and along the Algerian coast during summer.

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Published

2001-09-30

How to Cite

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Bakun A, Agostini VN. Seasonal patterns of wind-induced upwelling/downwelling in the Mediterranean Sea. scimar [Internet]. 2001Sep.30 [cited 2021Oct.21];65(3):243-57. Available from: https://scientiamarina.revistas.csic.es/index.php/scientiamarina/article/view/657

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