EGU2020-2607, updated on 06 Sep 2022
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Wind and wave effects on surface currents in the Mediterranean Sea

Verónica Morales Márquez1, Ismael Hernández Carrasco1, Vincent Rossi2, and Alejandro Orfila1
Verónica Morales Márquez et al.
  • 1Instituto Mediterráneo de Estudios Avanzados (IMEDEA), TMOOS, Esporles, Spain (
  • 2Institut Méditerranéen d'Océanologie (MIO), Marseille, France

The knowledge of Lagrangian motion is of a great importance due to their impact on the properties of transported material like the Essential Ocean Variables (phytoplankton, temperature, pCO2, etc), or other material like plastics debris, oil spill pollution, etc. In this study we analyze the influence of the wind and waves in the transport and mixing properties at the upper layers of the Mediterranean Sea. In this context, we propose a new approach for current velocity where we take into account the wind-wave interaction and the variability that it inserts into the current velocity through Ekman and Stokes components.

Surface currents, Ekman, Stokes, Lyapunov exponent

How to cite: Morales Márquez, V., Hernández Carrasco, I., Rossi, V., and Orfila, A.: Wind and wave effects on surface currents in the Mediterranean Sea, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-2607,, 2020.