Journal article

On Cyclonic Tracks over the Eastern Mediterranean

Helena A Flocas, Ian Simmonds, John Kouroutzoglou, Kevin Keay, Maria Hatzaki, Vicky Bricolas, Demosthenes Asimakopoulos

JOURNAL OF CLIMATE | AMER METEOROLOGICAL SOC | Published : 2010

Abstract

In this study, an updated and extended climatology of cyclonic tracks affecting the eastern Mediterranean region is presented, in order to better understand the Mediterranean climate and its changes. This climatology includes intermonthly variations, classification of tracks according to their origin domain, dynamic and kinematic characteristics, and trend analysis. The dataset used is the 1962-2001, 2.5° × 2.5°, 40-yr European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) Re-Analysis (ERA-40). The identification and tracking of the cyclones was performed with the aid of the Melbourne University algorithm. It was verified that considerable intermonthly variations of track density occur i..

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This work was supported by the project KAPODISTRIAS 2009, which is funded by the Special Account for Research Grants of the University of Athens. Parts of the work were made possible by a grant from the Australian Research Council.