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Atmospheric and Oceanic Observations from the POSEIDON Buoy Network: Initial Results

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A preliminary analysis of atmospheric and surface oceanic observations from the POSEIDON buoy network is presented. The data set consists of concurrent observations of physical properties at the atmosphere-ocean boundary layers as well as chlorophyll-α (chl-α) and dissolved oxygen content of the subsurface layer. The quality of data is evaluated using standard procedures and comparison to reference measurements with special focus on bio-fouling effects. The extended temporal and spatial coverage of the observations provides, for the first time in the Aegean Sea, the opportunity to study synoptic and mesoscale variability in the upper oceanic layer and its response to atmospheric forcing. Furthermore, examples of high frequency variability of physical and biochemical processes in the mixed layer and the seasonal pycnocline are given.

Keywords: Air-sea interaction; Mediterranean Sea; Operational oceanography

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: National Centre for Marine Research, A. Kosmas Hellenikon, 16604 Athens, Greece

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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