Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Sparnocchia S., Gasparini G. P., Schroeder K., Kontoyiannis H., Borghini M. Abyssal hydrographic conditions in the Ionian Sea during the last four years (2006 - 2009). In: 39th CIESM CONGRESS (Venice, 10-14 May 2010). Proceedings, article n. x. CIESM, 2010.
During KM3NeT project, an intense observational activity has been conducted in the Ionian Sea, mainly south-east of Capo Passero (Sicily) and offshore the south-west tip of Peloponissos (Greece). The several oceanographic cruises performed from 2006 to 2009 permitted to describe the present status of the deep layer together with its recent evolution. While in the western Ionian newly formed Adriatic dense water is the principal abyssal signature, in the eastern Ionian Cretan water vein fills all the deep layer. These observations confirm that the deep Ionian Sea is undergoing significant changes, especially after the Adriatic Sea has became again an active source of dense water.
Subject Deep Waters, Circulation, Ionian Sea

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