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A multi-annual time series of sea surface colour data derived from the historical coastal zone colour scanner (CZCS) archive (1979-1985), has been used to assess the space/time variability of near-coastal features in the Mediterranean Sea. The composite images show marked differences in the distribution of water constituents between the oligotrophic character of open sea waters and the high concentrations of coastal zones. The observed range of coastal phenomena suggests a relationship between the basin-wide seasonal patterns and the climatic cycle of the Mediterranean region. The impact of fluvial and coastal runoff, coupled to that of exchanges between coastal zone and open sea, may have paramount influence on the bio-geo-chemical fluxes of the entire basin.

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Authors: BARALE V, JRC Ispra (IT);LARKIN D, DJL Software Consultancy Ltd, Jarrow (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Proceedings of the 3rd Thematic Conference 'Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments: Technology and Applications, Vol. 2 (1995) pp. 809-817
Record Number: 199710597 / Last updated on: 1997-05-09
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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