26 Jul 2023
 | 26 Jul 2023
Status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal ESSD.

A 12-years long (2010–2021) hydrological and biogeochemical dataset in the Sicily Channel (Mediterranean Sea)

Francesco Placenti, Marco Torri, Katrin Schroeder, Mireno Borghini, Gabriella Cerrati, Angela Cuttitta, Vincenzo Tancredi, Carmelo Buscaino, and Bernardo Patti

Abstract. The data set presented here consists of 273 Conductivity-Temperature-Depth (CTD) stations, as well as 2034 sampled data points in the water column, where dissolved inorganic nutrients have been measured, that were collected during 12 summer oceanographic cruises (BANSIC series) in the Sicily Channel (Central Mediterranean Sea), between 2010 and 2021. The quality of the CTD dataset is ensured by regular sensor calibrations, an accurate control process adopted during the acquisition, processing and post-processing phases. The quality of the biogeochemical dataset is ensured by the adoption to best-practices analytical and sampling methods. This data collection fills up a gap of information in the Sicily Channel, i.e. a key area where complex water mass exchange processes involve the transfer of physical and biogeochemical properties between the Eastern and the Western Mediterranean. The available dataset will be useful to evaluate the long-term variability on a wide spatial scale, supporting studies on the evolution of the Mediterranean circulation and its peculiar biogeochemistry, as well as on the physical and biogeochemical modeling of this area.

Francesco Placenti et al.

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Short summary
Oceanographic surveys were conducted in the Strait of Sicily between 2010 and 2021. This manuscript provides a description of the time series of nutrients and hydrological data collected in this zone. The dataset fills an important lack in field observations of a crucial area, where exchanges Mediterranean sub-basin take place, providing support to studies aimed at describing the ongoing processes as well as at realizing reliable projections on the effects these processes in the near future.