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01 Nov 2016
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High-Resolution Observations in the Western Mediterranean Sea: The REP14-MED Experiment
Reiner Onken1, Heinz-Volker Fiekas2, Laurent Beguery3, Ines Borrione4, Andreas Funk2, Michael Hemming5, Karen J. Heywood5, Jan Kaiser5, Michaela Knoll2, Pierre-Marie Poulain6, Bastien Queste5, Aniello Russo4, Kiminori Shitashima7, Martin Siderius8, and Elizabeth Thorp-Küsel8 1Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials und Coastal Research (HZG), Max-Planck-Straße 1, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany
2Wehrtechnische Dienststelle für Schiffe und Marinewaffen,Maritime Technologie und Forschung (WTD71), Berliner Straße 115, 24340 Eckernförde, Germany
3Architecture et Conception de Systemas Avantes (ACSA), 9 Europarc, 13590 Meyreuil, France
4Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), Viale San Bartolomeo 400, 19126 La Spezia, Italy
5University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, United Kingdom
6Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS), Borgo Grotta Gigante 42/c, 34010 Sgonico (Trieste), Italy
7Kyushu University, International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER), Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
8Portland State University (PSU), P.O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207-0751, United States of America
Abstract. The observational part of the REP14-MED experiment was conducted in June 2014 in the Sardo-Balearic Sea west of Sardinia Island (Western Mediterranean Sea). Two research vessels collected high-resolution oceanographic data by means of hydrographic casts, towed systems, and underway measurements. In addition, a vast amount of data was provided by a fleet of 11 gliders, time series were available from moored instruments, and information on Lagrangian flow patterns were obtained from surface drifters and one profiling float. The spatial resolution of the observations encompasses a spectrum over four orders of magnitude from O(101 m) to O(105 m), and the time series from the moored instruments cover a spectral range of five orders from O(101 s) to O(106 s). The objective of this article is to provide an overview of the huge data set which is utilized by various ongoing studies, focusing on (i) sub-mesoscale and mesoscale pattern analyses, (ii) operational forecasting in terms of the development and assessment of sampling strategies, assimilation methods, and model validation, (iii) modeling the variability of the ocean, and (iv) testing of new payloads for gliders.

Citation: Onken, R., Fiekas, H.-V., Beguery, L., Borrione, I., Funk, A., Hemming, M., Heywood, K. J., Kaiser, J., Knoll, M., Poulain, P.-M., Queste, B., Russo, A., Shitashima, K., Siderius, M., and Thorp-Küsel, E.: High-Resolution Observations in the Western Mediterranean Sea: The REP14-MED Experiment, Ocean Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/os-2016-82, in review, 2016.
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In June 2014, high-resolution oceanographic data were collected in the Western Mediterranean Sea by two research vessels, 11 gliders, moored instruments, drifters, and one profiling float. The objective of this article is to provide an overview of the data set which is utilised by various ongoing studies, focusing on (i) submesoscale and mesoscale pattern analyses, (ii) operational forecasting (iii) modeling the variability of the ocean, and (iv) testing of new payloads for gliders.
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