07 Jul 2022
07 Jul 2022
Status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal ESSD.

Deep water hydrodynamic observations of two moorings sites on the continental slope of the Southern Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean Sea)

Francesco Paladini de Mendoza1, Katrin Schroeder1, Leonardo Langone2, Jacopo Chiggiato1, Mireno Borghini3, Patrizia Giordano2, Giulio Verazzo2, and Stefano Miserocchi2 Francesco Paladini de Mendoza et al.
  • 1CNR-ISMAR, Arsenale Castello, 2737/F, 30122 Venezia (VE), Italy
  • 2CNR-ISP, Via P. Gobetti, 101 - 40129 Bologna (BO), Italy
  • 3CNR-ISMAR, Pozzuolo di Lerici, 19032 La Spezia, (SP), Italy

Abstract. This work presents an 8-years long dataset of monitoring activities conducted on the western margin of the Southern Adriatic Sea, where two moorings have been placed since 2012 in sites that are representative of different morpho-dynamic conditions of the continental slope (open slope vs. submarine canyon). The dataset includes measurements conducted with both current meters and CTD probes, and provides information about the hydrodynamics and thermohaline properties of the last 100 m of the water column. The hydrodynamics in both sites is dominated by weak currents (<0.1 ms-1), which undergo yearly to episodic pulsation able to exceed intensity greater than 0.5 ms-1 which are linked to the passage of dense waters. The 8-years records presented here, represents a starting point for the continuous observation activity set up on occasion of the "Operation Dense Water" in 2012, focused on the Southern Adriatic deep-water dynamic. Since then the observatory has been on-going since 2012 and the database is regularly updated. All the data described here are made publicly available from (Paladini de Mendoza et al., 2022) and are compliant with the FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable).

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Moored current and temperature measurements in the Southern Adriatic Sea at mooring site BB and FF, March 2012-June 2020 Francesco Paladini de Mendoza, Katrin Schroeder, Leonardo Langone, Jacopo Chiggiato, Mireno Borghini, Patrizia Giordano, Giulio Verazzo, Stefano Miserocchi

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This work presents the dataset of continuous monitoring in the Southern Adriatic margin providing unique observatory of deep-water dynamic. The study area is influenced by episodic dense-water cascading events which is a fundamental process for water renewal and deep-water dynamics. Informations about frequency and intensity variations of these events are observed along the time series. The monitoring activities started in 2012 are still ongoing and the moorings are part of EMSO-ERIC network.