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Exceptional Dense Water Formation on the Adriatic Shelf in the Winter of 2012 : Volume 9, Issue 3 (14/06/2013)

By Mihanović, H.

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Title: Exceptional Dense Water Formation on the Adriatic Shelf in the Winter of 2012 : Volume 9, Issue 3 (14/06/2013)  
Author: Mihanović, H.
Volume: Vol. 9, Issue 3
Language: English
Subject: Science, Ocean, Science
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Bubić, N., Comici, C., Viličić, D., Mihanović, H., Ljubešić, Z., Vilibić, I.,...Celio, M. (2013). Exceptional Dense Water Formation on the Adriatic Shelf in the Winter of 2012 : Volume 9, Issue 3 (14/06/2013). Retrieved from

Description: Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia, Split, Croatia. In this paper we document dense water formation throughout the Adriatic shelf and coastal area in January/February 2012, resulting in record-breaking densities observed during and after the event. The unprecedented dense water generation was preconditioned by a dry and warm year which resulted in a significant reduction of coastal freshwaters, superimposed on a long-term basin-wide salinity increase. The final event that triggered the dense water formation was an extended period of cold weather with strong and severe winds. Record-breaking potential density anomalies (above 30 kg m−3) were measured at several formation sites. Accumulated surface net heat and water losses in some coastal regions exceeded 1.5 GJ m−2 and 250 kg m−2 over 21 days, respectively. Excessiveness, importance of shelf-type dense water formation and effects on the thermohaline circulation and deep aquatic systems are discussed.

Exceptional dense water formation on the Adriatic shelf in the winter of 2012

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