Artículos de revistas
Sea surface height trend and variability at seasonal and interannual time scales in the Southeastern South American continental shelf between 271S and 401S
Saraceno, Martin; Simionato, Claudia Gloria; Ruiz Etcheverry, Laura Agustina; Sea surface height trend and variability at seasonal and interannual time scales in the Southeastern South American continental shelf between 271S and 401S; Elsevier; Continental Shelf Research; 91; 12-2014; 82-94
Simionato, Claudia Gloria
Ruiz Etcheverry, Laura Agustina
Recent improvements in satellite altimetry data correction terms are encouraging studies of the remote sensed Sea Level Anomalies (SLA) progressively closer to the coast and over shallow continental shelves. In this paper we describe and discuss the SLA trend and variability at seasonal and interannual time scales in the southeastern South American continental shelf influenced by the Río de la Plata estuary and the Patos Lagoon fresh waters. The spatio-temporal coverage of the gridded altimetry SLA data allows identify several variability patterns and the associated physical processes. On seasonal time scales, the combination of the solar radiation and wind forcing cycles accounts for up to 98% of the variability. Seasonal variability of the wind is responsible for a difference of up to 16 cm between the southern (Argentinean) Río de la Plata estuary coast and the Uruguayan and southern Brazilian coasts. On interannual time scales, positive/negative SLA anomalies are coherent with El Niño/La Niña events. Finally, a significant positive trend of up to 5 mm yr-1 is found in all the study area except in the region around the Patos Lagoon (Brazil) and part of the Río de la Plata. Besides the local relevance of the results, this study indicates that satellite altimetry data are accurate enough to unveil SLA spatio-temporal patterns close to the coast and over continental shelves in the mentioned time scales.