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Author(s):Ruiz, S.; Pascual, A.; Casas, B.; Poulain, P.; Olita, A.; Troupin, C.; Torner, M.; Allen, J.T.; Tovar, A.; Mourre, B.; Massanet, A.; Palmer, M.; Margirier, F.; Balaguer, P.; Castilla, C.; Claret, M.; Mahadevan, A.; Tintoré, J.
Title:Report on operation and data analysis from Multi-platform synoptic intensive experiment (ALBOREX)
Editorial:Perseus EU Project deliverables
Abstract:A major intensive multi-platform and multidisciplinary experiment was completed in May 2014 as a part of PERSEUS EU funded project, lead by CSIC and with strong involvement of SOCIB, OGS, CNR, WHOI and McGill U. The multi-platform ALBOREX experiment conducted during 8 days, included 25 drifters, 2 gliders, 3 Argo floats, one ship and 50 scientists. The week long experiment was designed to capture the intense but transient vertical motion associated with mesoscale and sub-mesoscale features such as ocean eddies, filaments and fronts, in order to fill gaps in our knowledge connecting physical process to ecosystem response, and so facilitate the sustainable management of our ocean resources and MFSD policy implementation.

The ALBOREX experiment fulfilled all its objectives of sampling the intense front where Atlantic and Mediterranean waters meet in the Eastern Alboran Sea. In situ systems, including R/V, gliders and drifters were coordinated with satellite data to provide a full characterization of the physical and biochemical scenario during the ALBOREX experiment: Surface salinity samples revealed the frontal location with gradients ranging from 36.6 (Atlantic Waters) to 38.2 (Mediterranean Waters), drifters followed a massive anticyclonic gyre for a few days. The glider data revealed submesocale structures associated with the frontal zone. 3 Argo floats were deployed and transmitting high frequency and interdisciplinary data. More than 500 samples (chl and nutrients) were collected at 66 CTD stations. Near real time data from ADCP showed coherent patterns with currents up to 1m/s (2 knots) in the southern part of the sampled domain.

This intensive multi-platform and multidisciplinary experiment is an example of the new integrated and quasi real time approach to Ocean Observation thanks to joint and collaborative efforts of scientists and technicians from diverse international institutio
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