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Physical and Geochemical Transports Along the Ancona Coastal Area

  • G. Budillon
  • M. Grotti
  • P. Rivaro
  • G. Spezie
  • S. Tucci

Abstract

In the last two years a quasi-synoptic research programme has been carried out in the Adriatic Sea. The project, named PRISMA-2 (Programma di Rlcerca e Sperimentazione per il Mare Adriatico — 2nd phase) is a multidisciplinary study focused on the physical and biogeochemical processes which determine the fate and the distribution of the chemical species discharged in the Adriatic Sea.

During the summer and winter legs (July–September 1996 and February–April 1997 respectively) a lot of collected data allowed the study and the comparison of the physical and geochemical parameters of the coastal waters offshore in the Ancona area where the cyclonic circulation of the Adriatic Sea is strongly intensified. In this region the coastal flow is characterized by the presence of fresh waters coming from the river discharges and then it is very rich in pollutants and nutrients.

Estimated transports of fresh water coming from the northern Adriatic Sea, defined by our hydrological and current measurements, reveal a strong temporal variability that is consistent with the change of the river discharges from the summer to the winter season. Also the distribution of nutrients within the water column exhibits a high temporal variability related to the fast evolution of biological activities and water masses modification. Summer transports of suspended matter from north are clearer than in the winter season. In particular, during the winter considerable differences in the quantities collected are noted.

Keywords

Suspended Matter Total Particulate Matter High Temporal Variability Summer Cruise Coastal Flow 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Budillon
    • 1
  • M. Grotti
    • 2
  • P. Rivaro
    • 2
  • G. Spezie
    • 1
  • S. Tucci
    • 3
  1. 1.Istituto di Meteorologia e OceanografiaIstituto Universitario Navale di NapoliNapoliItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Sezione di Chimica Analitica ed AmbientaleUniversità di GenovaItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento per lo Studio del Territorio e delle sue RisorseUniversità di GenovaItaly

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