05 Jan 2023
05 Jan 2023
Status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal ESSD.

Deep water hydrodynamic observations around a Cold-Water Coral habitat in a submarine canyon in the Eastern Ligurian Sea (Mediterranean Sea)

Tiziana Ciuffardi1, Zoi Kokkini2, Maristella Berta2, Marina Locritani3, Andrea Bordone1, Ivana Delbono1, Mireno Borghini2, Maurizio Demarte4, Roberta Ivaldi4, Federica Pannacciulli1, Anna Vetrano2, Davide Marini5, and Giovanni Caprino5 Tiziana Ciuffardi et al.
  • 1ENEA - Centro Ricerche Ambiente Marino Santa Teresa, Via S. Teresa, 19032 Lerici, La Spezia, Italy
  • 2Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche- Istituto di Scienze Marine (CNR-ISMAR) Sede Secondaria di Lerici, Forte Santa Teresa s.n.c, 19032, Lerici, La Spezia , Italy
  • 3Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Via di Vigna Murata 605 00143 Roma, Italy
  • 4Istituto Idrografico della Marina, Passo dell’Osservatorio 4, 16134 Genova, Italy
  • 5Distretto Ligure delle Tecnologie Marine scrl, Viale Nicolò Fieschi 18, 19123 La Spezia, Italy

Abstract. A 2 years dataset of a stand-alone mooring placed, deployed in November 2020 down the Levante Canyon in the Eastern Ligurian Sea, is presented. The Levante Canyon Mooring (LCM) is a deep submarine multidisciplinary observatory deployed at 608 m depth, in a key ecosystem area. The Levante Canyon hosts a valuable and vulnerable ecosystem of deep-living Cold-Water Corals (CWC), studied and monitored since 2013 through the integrated mapping of seabed and water column. The 2 years dataset, acquired on the mooring and presented here (data from November 2020 to October 2022), includes measurements conducted with both currentmeters and CTD probes, and provides information about the hydrodynamics and thermohaline properties across almost the entire water column. The observatory is still on-going and the dataset is regularly updated. All the described data are publicly available from (Borghini et al., 2022). They must therefore be preserved and are of considerable scientific interest.

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Moored current and temperature measurements in a submarine canyon of the Eastern Ligurian Sea, November 2020-October 2022 Borghini Mireno, Bordone Andrea, Ciuffardi Tiziana, Kokkini Zoi, Demarte Maurizio, Ivaldi Roberta, Delbono Ivana, Berta Maristella, Locritani Marina, Vetrano Anna, Raiteri Giancarlo, Muccini Filippo, Pannacciulli Federica, Marini Davide, Caprino Giovanni

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Short summary
This paper presents the results of the first 2 years of the Levante Canyon Mooring, a mooring line placed since 2020 in the Eastern Ligurian Sea, to study a canyon area at about 600 m depth characterised by the presence of cold water living corals. It provides hydrodynamic and thermohaline measurements along the water column, describing a water mass distribution coherent with previous evidence in the Ligurian Sea. The data also shows a Northern Current episodic and local reversal during summer