Wind, surface water temperature, surface salinity and pollution in the area of the Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania

  • Sidina ould Dedah
Conference paper
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology 86 book series (DIHY, volume 86)


Based on meteorological observations at Nouadhibou Airport, Mauritania, over the period 1953-1990 frequency distributions and averages are computed for wind speed and direction. Average wind speed reaches a maximum in May-June (9m s-1) and a minimum in November-December (6 m s-1). About 85% of the time winds blow from northerly directions. Based on a data set collected since 1952 maps of surface water temperatures are constructed. Based on these maps and on observations on salinity an hypothetical current pattern for the shallow area between Nouadhibou and Cap Timiris, Mauritania, is proposed.

Key words

Banc d’Arguin Mauritania wind water temperature salinity pollution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sidina ould Dedah
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  1. 1.Centre National de Recherches Océanographiques et de PêchesNouadhibouMauritania

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