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Study of water exchange in Kerch strait using NEMO model of Black Sea

Roman Sedakov1, Barnier Bernard1,2, Jean-Marc Molines2, and Anastasiya Mershavka1
Roman Sedakov et al.
  • 1Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Moscow, Russia
  • 2Institute des Géosciences del’Environment, UGA/CNRS/IRD, Grenoble, France.

The Sea of Azov is a small, shallow, and freshened sea that receives a large freshwater discharge. Under certain external forcing conditions brackish water from the Sea of Azov flow into the north-eastern 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 the spreading of an advected plume of saline and dense water from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov. Using a regional Black Sea Azov Sea model based on NEMO we study physical mechanisms that govern water exchange through the Kerch Strait and analyze the dependence of its direction and intensity on external forcing conditions. We show that water exchange in the Kerch Strait is governed by a wind-induced barotropic pressure gradient. Water flow through the shallow and narrow Kerch Strait is a one-way process for the majority of the time. Outflow from the Sea of Azov to the Black Sea is induced by moderate and strong northerly winds, while flow into the Sea of Azov from the Black Sea is induced by southerly winds. The direction and intensity of water exchange have wind-governed synoptic and seasonal variability, and they do not depend on the variability of river discharge rate to the Sea of Azov on an intraannual timescale.

How to cite: Sedakov, R., Bernard, B., Molines, J.-M., and Mershavka, A.: Study of water exchange in Kerch strait using NEMO model of Black Sea, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-15878,, 2021.


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