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https://doi.org/10.5194/os-2019-2
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Research article 11 Feb 2019

Research article | 11 Feb 2019

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Water exchange between the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea through the Kerch Strait

Ivan Zavialov and Alexander Osadchiev Ivan Zavialov and Alexander Osadchiev
  • Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Abstract. The Sea of Azov is a small, shallow and freshened sea that receives a large freshwater discharge and, therefore, can be regarded as a large river estuary. Under certain external forcing conditions low-saline waters from the Sea of Azov inflow to the northeastern part of the Black Sea through the narrow Kerch Strait and form a surface-advected buoyant plume. Water flow in the Kerch Strait also regularly occurs in the opposite direction, which results in spreading of a bottom-advected plume of saline and dense waters from the Black Sea in the Sea of Azov. In this study we focus on physical mechanisms that govern water exchange through the Kerch Strait, analyse dependence of its direction and intensity on external forcing conditions. Based on ocean color satellite imagery and wind reanalysis data, we show that water transport from the Sea of Azov to the Black Sea is induced by moderate and strong northeastern winds, while water transport in the opposite direction occurs during wind relaxation periods. Thus, direction and intensity of water exchange through the Kerch Strait has wind-govern synoptic and seasonal variability, and do not show dependence on river discharge rate to the Sea of Azov on intra-annual time scale. Finally, we determined numerical dependencies between discharge rate from the Sea of Azov to the Black Sea and spatial characteristics of the related surface-advected plume in the Black Sea, on the one hand, and wind forcing conditions, on the other hand.

Ivan Zavialov and Alexander Osadchiev
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This study is focused on water exchange between the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. The Sea of Azov is a small and freshened sea that receives a large freshwater discharge and, therefore, can be regarded as a large river estuary connected by narrow Kerch Strait with the Black Sea. In this work we show that water transport through the Kerch Strait is governed by wind forcing and do not show dependence on river discharge rate to the Sea of Azov on intra-annual time scale.
This study is focused on water exchange between the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. The Sea of...
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