Research project

3D-pathways: Vertical velocities and 3D pathways from Lagrangian surface data and water columndata (LADCP and microstructure glider) (DTA.AD004.212)

Thematic area

Earth system science and environmental technologies

Project area

Osservazione della Terra (DTA.AD004)

Structure responsible for the research project

Marine science institute (ISMAR)

Project manager

Phone number: 003901871788905


The proposed research will contribute to the identification and characterisation of high vertical velocity regions and 3D pathways in the frontal area of interest in the South Western Mediterranean
Sea. This will be achieved through the development of new methodologies and through the participation to the planning, implementation and analysis of the multiplatform experiments. The
proposed work will be carried out along the following two main lines:
i. a targeted analysis of drifter data will be performed to identify surface convergence regions with high vertical velocities;
ii. thermohaline and microstructure properties in the corresponding interior regions will be characterised using a glider equipped with a Micro Rider, and estimates of vertical velocities from LADCP data.


The goal of this proposal is to contribute to the understanding and prediction of processes of vertical transport from the surface to depth through the joint analysis of Lagrangian data at the surface and water column data from LADCP and microstructure glider.

Start date of activity



3D current transport, Langragian analysis, Microstructure measurement

Last update: 02/12/2023