Establishment of a methodology for the remote identification of Mediterranean Water (MW) eddies with a synergistic use of satellite remote sensing data from the ERS and ENVISAT missions, ocean circulation numerical models and artificial neural networks. A census of MW eddies in the Northeast Atlantic and the estimation of their generation frequency will be attempted based on the results. The pro ject also aims at determining the physical mechanisms controlling the interaction between the MW undercurrent/eddies and the coastal upwelling current system off the Iberian Peninsula.
Started in September 2004 and was concluded in August 2007.
Principal researcher: Isabel Ambar (Instituto de Oceanografía - Fac. Ciências / Univ. Lisboa).
Funding entity: Fundação Ciência e Tecnologia (MCTES).
Principal researcher: Nuno C. Marques.
Researchers: Susana Nascimento, Marco Castellani, Armando Fernandes, 1 scholarship student.
Funding: 5200 Euro.
5 publications, 2 prototypes.