Monitoring the Oceanic Waters of the Canary Islands: the deep hydrographic section of the Canaries
ISBN: ISBN - 10: 84-697-0471-0 ISBN - 13: 978-84-697-0471-4
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AuthorsVélez-Belchí, P. (Pedro); Hernández-Guerra, A. (Alonso); Barrera, C.; Fraile-Nuez, E. (Eugenio); Barrera, A.; Llinás, O.; Benítez-Barrios, V.M. (Verónica María); Domínguez, F.; Alonso-González, I.; González Dávila, M.; Santana-Casiano, J.M (Juana Magdalena); Hernández-Brito, J.J.; Presas-Navarro, C. (Carmen); Arístegui Ruiz, J.; Comas-Rodriguez, I; Garijo López, J.C.; Hernandez-León, S.; Pérez-Hernández, M.D. (María Dolores); Rodríguez Santana, A.; Sosa-Trejo, D.
Due to the high density and heat capacity of water, the ocean modulates climate in scales much larger than the atmosphere, both spatially and temporally. In order to understand the mechanisms governing this internal variability of the ocean, and therefore climate, it is necessary to have long systematic observations. The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), which is composed by the south- north circulation, transports 18Sv (1Sv=10E6m3/s) of water that carries more that 1.5PW (1PW=10E15W) of heat to the North Atlantic, and therefore plays a determining role in regulating the climate in Europe. An important component of the AMOC is the subtropical gyre, the largest oceanic structure of the North Atlantic. The Canary Islands are immersed in the eastern margin of the subtropical gyre, in the coastal transition zone of the Canary Current Upwelling System and therefore they are an ideal place for the study of the subtropical gyre variability. With this background, in 2006 the ...
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