Articles | Volume 16, issue 7
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 1553–1569, 2016

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Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 1553–1569, 2016

Research article 06 Jul 2016

Research article | 06 Jul 2016

Hydrodynamic modelling of coastal seas: the role of tidal dynamics in the Messina Strait, Western Mediterranean Sea

Andrea Cucco et al.

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Cited articles

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Short summary
This work explored the importance of considering the tidal dynamics when modelling the general circulation in the Messina Strait, a narrow passage connecting the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian Sea sub-basins in the Western Mediterranean Sea. The results highlight that tidal dynamics deeply impact the reproduction of the instantaneous and residual circulation pattern, waters thermohaline properties and transport dynamics both inside the Messina Strait and in the surrounding coastal and open waters.
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