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Volume 8, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 141-149, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-8-141-2016
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Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 141-149, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-8-141-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  29 Mar 2016

29 Mar 2016

The MEDESS-GIB database: tracking the Atlantic water inflow

Marcos García Sotillo1, Emilio Garcia-Ladona2, Alejandro Orfila3, Pablo Rodríguez-Rubio4, José Cristobal Maraver5, Daniel Conti3, Elena Padorno1, José Antonio Jiménez2, Este Capó3, Fernando Pérez2, Juan Manuel Sayol3, Francisco Javier de los Santos4, Arancha Amo1, Ana Rietz5, Charles Troupin6, Joaquín Tintore3,6, and Enrique Álvarez-Fanjul1 Marcos García Sotillo et al.
  • 1Puertos del Estado, 28041 Madrid, Spain
  • 2ICM-CSIC, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • 3IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB), 07190 Esporles, Spain
  • 4Autoridad Portuaria Bahía de Algeciras, 11207 Algeciras, Spain
  • 5SASEMAR, 28011 Madrid, Spain
  • 6SOCIB, 07121 Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Abstract. On 9 September 2014, an intensive drifter deployment was carried out in the Strait of Gibraltar. In the frame of the MEDESS-4MS Project (EU MED Program), the MEDESS-GIB experiment consisted of the deployment of 35 satellite tracked drifters, mostly of CODE-type, equipped with temperature sensor sampling at a rate of 30min. Drifters were distributed along and on both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar. The MEDESS-GIB deployment plan was designed as to ensure quasi-synoptic spatial coverage. To this end, four boats covering an area of about 680NM2 in 6h were coordinated. As far as these authors know, this experiment is the most important exercise in the area in terms of number of drifters released. Collected satellite-tracked data along drifter trajectories have been quality controlled and processed to build the presented MEDESS-GIB database. This paper reports the MEDESS-GIB data set that comprises drifter trajectories, derived surface currents and in situ SST measurements collected along the buoys tracks. This series of data is available through the PANGAEA (Data Publisher for Earth and Environmental Science) repository, with the following doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.853701. Likewise, the MEDESS-GIB data will be incorporated as part of the Copernicus Marine historical products. The MEDESS-GIB data set provides a complete Lagrangian view of the surface inflow of Atlantic waters through the Strait of Gibraltar and thus, very useful data for further studies on the surface circulation patterns in the Alboran Sea, and their links with one of the most energetic Mediterranean Sea flows: the Algerian Current.

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An intensive drifter deployment was carried out in the Strait of Gibraltar: 35 satellite tracked drifters were released, coordinating to this aim 4 boats, covering an area of about 680 NM2 in 6 hours. This MEDESS-GIB Experiment is the most important exercise in the Mediterranean in terms of number of drifters released. The MEDESS-GIB dataset provides a complete Lagrangian view of the surface inflow of Atlantic waters through the Strait of Gibraltar and its later evolution along the Alboran Sea.
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