Area characteristics

The IBI area can be summarized in a feww bullets that are then the drivers to design the observing system we need.

Surface Circulation
  • An area influenced by the deep ocean circulation
  • A poleward-flowing slope current
  • A northward flow of the Mediterranean water
  • High variability ( from tidal frequency to interannual variability : ex navidad)
  • Coastal upwelling mainly along the western Iberian coat
  • Shelf circulation governed by tides and winds.
  • Various stratification patterns over the shelf (from well mixed to strongly stratified)
  • Coastal and high seas biological processes
  • Influence of river flows and discharges