Self-similarity of the meddy family in the eastern North Atlantic

G. I. Shapiro, W. Zenk, S. L. Meschanov, Kathy L Tokos

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In this study we analyze two groups of Mediterranean salt lenses: "mid-life' lenses, typically 1-2 years old, observed in the Canary Basin, and younger Meddies from the Iberian Basin. Nonlinear transformation of variables is used to find a unique function describing vertical profiles at different locations inside the lens. When this function is found, its existence is considered as "self-similarity' of the lens structure. A common function was also found that describes each group of Meddy, Canary and Iberian, and a remarkable difference between the groups was noted. A possible reason for this result might lie in the difference in lens age. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-42
Number of pages14
JournalOceanologica Acta
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes


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