SOCIB brings its added value to the introductory guide to oceanography of the Mediterranean Sea

Researchers at the Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB) have contributed to the book “Oceanography of the Mediterranean Sea: An Introductory Guide”, recently published by Elsevier, featuring a comprehensive but concise introduction to the physical oceanography of one of the most fascinating marginal seas, the Mediterranean Sea. This book presents the existing links between climate, ocean, biogeochemical cycles and geological evolution at the Mediterranean scale; including clear examples of the Mediterranean region, as well as comparisons with other regions globally.

Authored by multiple scientists active over many years in the Mediterranean marine community, including SOCIB researchers, this book is primarily focused on the state-of-the-art understanding of the physical functioning of the Mediterranean Sea, while embracing the fundamentals of associated geological and chemical processes. Furthermore, it provides a broad overview of the information needed to get a robust background on the physical oceanography of the Mediterranean Sea for students in oceanography, climate science, marine geology and chemistry or scientists unfamiliar with the region.

In particular, the SOCIB team led by Baptiste Mourre, researcher at the Modelling and Forecasting Facility, contributes to chapters 10 and 1. These chapters describe the evolution and present status of the Mediterranean observing and forecasting systems that have been successfully developed over the recent decades thanks to both national and regional investments and fruitful international collaborations.