A numerical model of an elliptic vortex in the Ligurian Sea

Research paper by L. Papa

Indexed on: 01 Mar '80Published on: 01 Mar '80Published in: Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics


A numerical calculation computed by the H-N method has shown the existence of a cyclonic elliptic cell in the inner part of the Ligurian Sea. This result agrees with an experimental vortex discovered in the same area during a cruise in March 1952. The influence of the lateral coastal boundaries at the north-eastern entrance of the basin into the Tyrrheinian Sea has been taken into account and the hypothesis of southerly winds as the forcing mechanism of this vortex has been discussed.