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Mathematical modelling and remotely sensed data (CZCS) have been applied jointly to study upwelling phenomena and cross-shelf transport in the Northwest African upwelling zone. Three events have been investigated for which CZCS time series could be made available. A 3-D mathematical model has been applied for the simulation of the hydrodynamics on the continental shelf, shelf break and part of the deep sea. Results from the numerical model are compared with the simplifying EKMAN theory for cross-shelf transport. The numerical studies have been performed for three cross-shelf sections in the NW African upwelling region. The cross-shelf transport of organic carbon has been calculated by using CZCS-derived particulate carbon concentrations and cross-slope volume transport from the numerical model.

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Authors: SCHRIMPF W, JRC Ispra (IT);EIFLER W, JRC Ispra (IT);GABRIC A, Griffith University, Division of Environmental Sciences, Brisbane (AU)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: European ISY Conference 1992, München (DE), March 30 - April 4, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 36664 ORA
Record Number: 199210645 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en