Simona Aracri1, Katrin Schroeder1, Jacopo Chiggiato1, Harry Bryden1,2, Elaine McDonagh2, Simon Josey2, Yann Hello3, and Mireno Borghini11ISMAR-Istituto di Scienze Marine, Venice and La Spezia 2NOC-National Oceanography Institute, Southampton 3Géoazur-Valbonne, France
Received: 16 Aug 2016 – Accepted for review: 18 Sep 2016 – Discussion started: 20 Sep 2016
Abstract. The abyssal velocity of the Northern Current, in the north-western Mediterranean has been estimated using for the first time MERMAIDs, i.e. submarine drifting instruments that record seismic waves. In this study the Northern Current shows an intense activity even in deep layers of the water column. Through pseudo-eulerian statistics different components of the observed variability are analysed and described, revealing the turbulent nature of the Liguro-Provençal basin abyssal circulation.
Aracri, S., Schroeder, K., Chiggiato, J., Bryden, H., McDonagh, E., Josey, S., Hello, Y., and Borghini, M.: Tracking the Mediterranean Abyss, Ocean Sci. Discuss., doi:10.5194/os-2016-65, 2016.