Title: Assessing Novel Near-Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics with Satellite Observation: Case Studies in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea
Authors: BARALE Vittorio
Citation: Proceedings of the Second International Conference / Workshop on the State-of-the-Art of ICM in the Mediterranean & the Black Sea: Immediate Needs for Research, Education/Training & Implementation p. 227 - 237
Publisher: MEDCOAST Coastal Foundation (MEDCOAST Foundation)
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC48888
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC48888
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Integrated Earth Observations can help to assess ecosystem dynamics in coastal and marine environments. Examples of combined optical, infrared and microwave remote sensing are provided by near-coastal case studies on the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The data show that the river Nile plume, much reduced by the Aswan High Dam, still provides substantial water constituents along the southern coastline. To the east, the Israeli-Lebanese-Syrian coast is a major hotspots for anomalous algal blooming driven by coastal plumes extending offshore. In the northern area, atmospheric forcing is the main factor driving the cyclonic Rhodes (surface divergence with upwelling of cold, nutrient-rich waters, and sustains algal blooming) and the anticyclonic Ierapetra Gyre (surface convergence with accretion and downwelling of warm, nutrient-poor waters).
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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