Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Sparnocchia S., Gasparini G., Schroeder K., Borghini M. Oceanographic conditions in the NEMO region during the KM3NeT project (April 2006-May 2009). In: Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section A-Accelerators Spectrometers Detectors and Associated Equipment, vol. 626-627 (Supplement 1) pp. S87 - S90. Elsevier B.V, 2011.
An intense observational activity was conducted in the NEMO region, western Ionian Sea, 40 nm south-east of Capo Passero (Sicily), in the framework of the KM3NeT project. Several oceanographic cruises were performed from 2006 to 2009 and current measurements carried out. The new data describe the present status of the deep layer and its evolution after the occurrence of a notable change that affected the Eastern Mediterranean water masses and circulation during the 1990's. In particular, they evidence the presence of a newly formed water mass in the abyssal layer of the Ionian Sea, coming likely from the Adriatic. Deep currents in the region are quite energetic, as already known, and highly variable both spatially and in strength. They are organized in a cyclonic circuit, with a prevalent north-west direction corresponding to the NEMO site.
DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2010.06.231
Subject Deep water circulation
Interannual variability
Ionian sea
NEMO site
Deep water
water circulation

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