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Ocean Science An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-2017-76
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16 Oct 2017
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The dynamics of İzmir Bay under the effects of wind and thermohaline forces
Erdem Sayın and Canan Eronat Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology, Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir, Turkey
Abstract. The dominant circulation pattern of the İzmir Bay by the Aegean Sea coast of Turkey is studied under the influence of wind and thermohaline forces. İzmir Bay is discussed by subdividing the Bay into outer, middle and inner areas. Wind is the most important driven-force in İzmir coastal area. There are also thermohaline forces due to the existence of water types of different physical properties in the Bay. Instead of the two-layered current system prevailing during summer, a horizontally shared current system exists in winter. The free surface version of the Princeton model (Killworth's 3D general circulation model) is applied with the input data obtained through the measurements made by the research vessel K. Piri Reis. As a result of model experiments the basin-wide circulation in İzmir Bay is cyclonic. Although the stratification in the bay changes the behaviour of the circulation, the recirculation pattern does not change seasonally, but changes under the influence of wind forcing. Wind-driven circulation causes cyclonic or anti-cyclonic movements in the middle bay where the distinguished İzmir Bay Water (IBW) forms. Cyclonic movement takes place under the influence of southerly and westerly winds. On the other hand, northerly and easterly winds cause an anti-cyclonic movement in the Middle Bay. Outer and Inner Bay have also certain wind driven recirculation patterns.

Citation: Sayın, E. and Eronat, C.: The dynamics of İzmir Bay under the effects of wind and thermohaline forces, Ocean Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/os-2017-76, in review, 2017.
Erdem Sayın and Canan Eronat
Erdem Sayın and Canan Eronat
Erdem Sayın and Canan Eronat

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