In the last two decades, eddies, fronts and filaments have emerged as key contributors for the ocean dynamics and biogeochemical cycles. These processes are characterized by spatial scales of 100 to 10 of Km and temporal scales from days to weeks, the so-called (sub)mesoscale. Due to their localized and ephemeral nature (sub)mesoscale dynamics still represent an observational challenge, and its direct investigation requires the integration of multiple platform of observations. I will present examples from two recent field campaigns (KEOPS2, Southern Indian ocean, November 2011; Latex10 campaign, Northwestern Mediterranean, September 2010) during which remote sensing and in-situ observations have been combined together in novel approaches which allowed the successful investigation of physical and biogeochemical processes associated with ocean (sub)mesoscale.


Francesco Nencioli I obtained my B.S. from the University of Bologna (Italy) in 2004 ,and my PhD in marine sciences from UC Santa Barbara (USA) in 2010. After 5 years in France (Marseille and Brest), since 2015 I am a marine earth observation scientist at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). Through the years my research has focused on the analysis of physical dynamics and biogeochemical interactions at the (sub)mesoscale from in situ observations, remote sensing data and numerical models results.

Ocean Biogeochemical Dynamics e-session

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