We study the mesoscale dynamics in the Ligurian Basin (NW Mediterranean Sea), combining the use of numerical models with satellite and in situ data. To this end, we use the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) configured at a resolution of 3 Km for a domain covering the West Mediterranean Sea. The model is forced with daily-mean boundary (oceanic) conditions extracted from MERCATOR, and with three-hourly winds, extracted from COSMO-7, models. Analysis showed the formation of intense EKE, including mesoscale eddy structures, in association with strong wind episodes. Strong eddy activities have an impact on the dynamics of the MLD, thus conditioning higher productivity episodes with periods of intense vertical mixing. Wind-induced mesoscale oceanic dynamics has also implications on the transport of pollutants and/or of suspended matter across the Basin, with impacts for the risk assessment of adjacent coastal regions.
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