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  03 Sep 2018

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The AlborEX dataset: sampling of submesoscale features in the Alboran Sea

Charles Troupin1, Ananda Pascual2, Simón Ruiz2, Antonio Olita3, Benjamín Casas2, Félix Margirier4, Pierre-Marie Poulain5, Giulio Notarstefano5, Marc Torner6, Juan Gabriel Fernández6, Miquel Àngel Rújula6, Cristian Muñoz6, John T. Allen6, Amala Mahadevan7, and Joaquín Tintoré6,2 Charles Troupin et al.
  • 1GeoHydrodynamics and Environment Research (GHER), Freshwater and OCeanic science Unit of reSearch (FOCUS), University of Liège, Liège, Belgium
  • 2Instituto Mediterráneo de Estudios Avanzados (IMEDEA, CSIC-UIB), Esporles, Spain
  • 3Institute for Coastal Marine Environment-National Research Council (IAMC-CNR) Oristano, Oristano, Italy
  • 4Sorbonne Universités (UPMC, Univ Paris06)-CNRS-IRD-MNHN, Laboratoire LOCEAN, Paris, France
  • 5Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS), Trieste, Italy
  • 6Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB), Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • 7Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA

Abstract. AlborEX (Alboran Sea Experiment) consisted of a multi-platform, multi-disciplinary experiment carried out in the Alboran Sea (Western Mediterranean Sea) between May 25 and 31, 2014. The observational component of AlborEx aimed to sample the physical and biogeochemical properties of oceanographic features present along an intense frontal zone, with a particular interest in the vertical motions in its vicinity. To this end, the mission included 1 research vessel (66 profiles), 2 underwater gliders (adding up 554 profiles), 3 profiling floats and 25 surface drifters.

Near real-time ADCP velocities were collected nightly and during the CTD sections. All of the profiling floats acquired temperature and conductivity profiles, while the Provor-bio float also measured oxygen and chlorophyll-a concentrations, colored dissolved organic matter, backscattering at 700nm, downwelling irradiance at 380, 410, 490nm, and photo-synthetically active radiation (PAR).

In the context of mesoscale and submesoscale interactions, the AlborEX dataset constitutes a particularly valuable source of information to infer mechanisms, evaluate vertical transport and establish relationships between the thermal and haline structures and the biogeochemical variable evolution, in a region characterised by strong horizontal gradients provoked by the confluence of Atlantic and Mediterranean Waters, thanks to its multi-platform, multi-disciplinary nature.

The most recent version of the dataset is available at

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