Mobile version

Alboran sea eddies

Image of the Month - February 2013

Waters from the Atlantic enter the Mediterranean Sea through the Gibraltar Straight. East, the Alboran Sea show two eddies, generated by the wake of the waters going through the narrow straight.

Alboran Sea eddies vary with the season, with a maximum in Summer. They can be seen by altimetry, but also but many kinds of remote sensing data. One can match all those sources of information, and observe that the waters from the Atlantic are colder, more nutrient-rich, than the Mediterranean waters.

On the reverse, Mediterranean waters join the Atlantic, but at depth. We will see another time how "meddies" (i.e. deep, warm, salty eddies) show on the sea surface heights of the Atlantic.

All the kinds of ocean remote sensing data each bring its own piece in the ocean puzzle, enabling to better understand, and better predict, the oceans and seas and their variations. Altimetry is an important piece of this, and the continuity of the sea surface height observations a critical point for a number of studies and applications.

See also:

Websites on this subject:

  • MyOcean project for Mediterranean ocean color, Sea Surface temperature and ocean forecasting data
Rss feedsContactPartnersFAQLexiconLegal noticePersonal Data Protection PolicyMobile
You must enable cookies in your browser preferences to save the modifications
You are using an older version of Internet Explorer, please update to take full advantage of Aviso+ features

Customize the home page

View all widgets
Reduce display
Public profile
User profile

Select/Deselect widgets

Discover AVISO+

Customizable home, reading tools, products search guide, etc.. Discover step by step the features of the new site AVISO+.

Customizable homepage

This home page is composed of blocks called "widgets".

Rearrange the blocks with a "Click & Drop".

Hide a widget with the cross at the top right. Reset or add a widget with the "wrench" icon. The "User" and "Public" profiles offer a predefined organization.

All the modifications are automatically saved as cookies on your machine so as to enable you to have your own specific AVISO+.

Reading tools

Ease your reading by choosing the page background colour (black/white) and/or by modifying the font size.

Browsing menu and breadcrum trail

To ease your browsing through AVISO+, you can use at any time the main banner items with the interactive submenus or use the browsing menu on the left side of the screen (it is open by default). For more readiness of the page contents, you can fold and unfold the browsing menu by clicking on the tab. At any time you can know where you are thanks to the browsing menu or the breadcrum at the top of the page.

Products search guide

The first submenu of the "Data" banner item leads you to a new search form enabling you to find quickier the product that suits your needs. The list of results is updated according to your selection criteria.

AVISO+ Multimedia

The first submenu of the "Multimedia" banner item leads you to AVISO+ collections of images and videos linked to altimetry and its applications. Have a nice visit!