Symptoms of a prominent Mediterranean layer blockage in the Strait of Istanbul (March 26-28, 1998) on the interactions of the Golden Horn Estuary
Bedri Alpar, Ertugrul Dogan, Hüseyin Yüce, Hüsne Altiok, Ajun Kurter, Sabri Kara
University of Istanbul, Institute of Marine Sciences and Management, 344 70 Vefa, Istanbul, TURKEY
Department of Navigation, Hydrography and Oceanography, 81647 Çubuklu, Istanbul, TURKEY
The main characteristics of the Golden Horn estuary are dominated by coupling with the Strait of Istanbul. Depending on the atmospheric factors and the water budget, the flows through the Strait of Istanbul are subject to many nonlinear transient variances such as temporary blocking of the flows in either direction. In the present paper, with the aid of short-term oceanographic and meteorological data, we will investigate the response of the Golden Horn to a prominent Mediterranean layer blockage, which occurred at the southern end of the Strait of Istanbul during March, 26-28th 1998.
Keywords: Strait of Istanbul, Golden Horn, Mediterranean water, oceanography, sea level, water masses, blockage, current