Regionalisation of the Mediterranean basin, a MERMEX synthesis

Type Article
Date 2018-04
Language English
Author(s) Ayata Sakina-Dorothee1, Irisson Jean-Olivier1, Aubert Anais1, 2, Berline Leo3, Dutay Jean-Claude4, Mayot Nicolas1, Nieblas Anne-Elise5, 6, D'Ortenzio Fabrizio1, Palmieri Julien4, 7, Reygondeau Gabriel8, 9, Rossi Vincent3, 10, Guieu Cecile1, 11
Affiliation(s) 1 : UPMC Univ Paris 06, Sorbonne Univ, CNRS, LOV, F-06230 Villefranche Sur Mer, France.
2 : Natl Museum Nat Hist, CRESCO, 38 Rue Port Blanc, F-35800 Dinard, France.
3 : Aix Marseille Univ, Univ Toulon, CNRS, Mediterranean Inst Oceanog MIO UM 110,IRD, F-13288 Marseille 09, France.
4 : Univ Paris Saclay, CEA CNRS UVSQ, Lab Sci Climat Environm LSCE IPSL, F-91191 Gif Sur Yvette, France.
5 : Inst Francais Rech Exploitat Mer IFREMER, UMR MARBEC, Ave Jean Monnet,BP171, F-34203 Sete, France.
6 : CAP RUN Hydro Reunion, Magasin 10,25 Hauturiere, F-97420 Le Port, Ile De La Reuni, France.
7 : Southampton Univ, Natl Oceanog Ctr, Waterfront Campus,European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH, Hants, England.
8 : Univ British Columbia, Nippon Fdn, Nereus Program, Aquat Ecosyst Res Lab, 2202 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada.
9 : Univ British Columbia, Changing Ocean Res Unit, Inst Oceans & Fisheries, Aquat Ecosyst Res Lab, 2202 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada.
10 : CSIC UIB, IFISC Inst Cross Disciplinary Phys & Complex Syst, Palma De Mallorca 07122, Spain.
11 : New York Univ Abu Dhabi, Ctr Prototype Climate Modeling, POB 129188, Abu Dhabi, U Arab Emirates.
Source Progress In Oceanography (0079-6611) (Pergamon-elsevier Science Ltd), 2018-04 , Vol. 163 , P. 7-20
DOI 10.1016/j.pocean.2017.09.016
WOS© Times Cited 43
Keyword(s) Mediterranean Sea, Regionalisation, Biogeochemistry, Circulation, Mesoscale features, Epipelagic ocean, Management, Spatial planning

Regionalisation aims at delimiting provinces within which physical conditions, chemical properties, and biological communities are reasonably homogeneous. This article proposes a synthesis of the many recent regionalisations of the open-sea regions of the Mediterranean Sea. The nine studies considered here defined regions based on different, and sometimes complementary, criteria: dynamics of surface chlorophyll concentration, ocean currents, three-dimensional hydrological and biogeochemical properties, or the distribution of organisms. Although they identified different numbers and patterns of homogeneous regions, their compilation in the epipelagic zone identifies nine consensus frontiers, eleven consensus regions with relatively homogeneous conditions, and four heterogeneous regions with highly dynamical conditions. The consensus frontiers and regions are in agreement with well-known hydrodynamical features of the Mediterranean Sea, which constrain the distribution of hydrological and ecological variables. The heterogeneous regions are rather defined by intense mesoscale activity. The synthesis proposed here could constitute a reference step for management actions and spatial planning, such as the application of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive, and for future biogeochemical and ecological studies in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Ayata Sakina-Dorothee, Irisson Jean-Olivier, Aubert Anais, Berline Leo, Dutay Jean-Claude, Mayot Nicolas, Nieblas Anne-Elise, D'Ortenzio Fabrizio, Palmieri Julien, Reygondeau Gabriel, Rossi Vincent, Guieu Cecile (2018). Regionalisation of the Mediterranean basin, a MERMEX synthesis. Progress In Oceanography, 163, 7-20. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :