Large-Scale Preconditioning of Deep-Water Formation in the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea

  title={Large-Scale Preconditioning of Deep-Water Formation in the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea},
  author={Gurvan Madec and François Lott and Pascale Delecluse},
The large-scale processes preconditioning the winter deep-water formation in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea are investigated with a primitive equation numerical model where convection is parameterized by a nonpenetrative convective adjustment algorithm. The ocean is forced by momentum and buoyancy fluxes that have the gross features of mean winter forcing found in the MEDOC area. The wind-driven barotropic circulation appears to be a major ingredient of the preconditioning phase of deep… CONTINUE READING
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