ELISA (1997-1998) mesoscale survey in the Algerian sub-basin (Western Mediterranean): hydrological data set of the cruises ELISA-1 (summer 1997) and ELISA-2 (fall 1997)
|Temporal extent||1997-07-04 -1997-08-02|
|Affiliation(s)||1 : CNRS UMR 7294, AMU, UTLN, IRD, MIO, Antenne de la Seyne, CS20330, 83507 La Seyne sur Mer, France|
|Note||Check the relevance of the sampling pattern (high-resolution dedicated to mesoscale eddies in a limited area)|
|Keyword(s)||Algerian Current, CTD profile, water masses, Western Mediterranean, Water bottle sample, Atlantic Water (AW), Mesoscale, Chlorophyll, Levantine Intermediate Water (LIW), Eddies, Nutrients, Western Mediterranean Deep Water (WMDW), Hydrology, general circulation|
The Eddies and Leddies Interdisciplinary Study in the Algerian sub-basin (ELISA) experiment (1997–1998) was a multidisciplinary and multiplatform experiment designed to study the anticyclonic Algerian Eddies (AEs) generated by the instability of the Algerian Current, and their influence on the general circulation and biological phenomena. The data collected confirmed for instance the eastward path of LIW along the Algerian slope, and showed that these anticyclones correspond to the richer areas in spring.
Following the daily analysis of satellite thermal images to track the AEs, the sampling scheme was adapted in real time, using transects with CTD casts every ~10km. So that the data are strongly "biased" toward describing (moving) eddies at high resolution: they are likely to be unadequate for a few purposes.
The ELISA hydrological data sets have been obtained during the four cruises ELISA-1 to 4, from summer 1997 to summer 1998.
This data set includes the ELISA-1 cruise (summer 1997) with 199 CTD profiles on 121 stations plus associated water bottles samples, and the ELISA-2 cruise (fall 1997) with 6 CTD profiles. Data sets are delivered in both netcdf and ODV formats.
|Acknowledgements||ELISA was made possible with the funding provided by the MAST3/MTP2/MATER EU program and the INSU/CNRS, the shiptime by the national French oceanographic fleet, a PhD grant by the DRET/DGA. The satellite images were provided by the DFD/DLR (www.dfd.dlr.de). Contribution MTP II-MATER/042. All the contributors and participants to the ELISA program are warmly thanked.|
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