On October 12, two newly calibrated SBE37 CTDs were deployed in place of the ones just recovered, once more in very propitious sea conditions. The temperature and salinity time series collected by Hydrochanges in the strait of Gibraltar - a key place if any - are the longest ever recorded (almost 3 years now of uninterrupted hourly data since January 2003 !) and the deepest ones, from 270m, have already revealed dramatic changes of the Mediterranean outflow composition compared to the data obtained from dedicated experiments conducted in the mid-1980s. An analysis of these exciting results will be soon available on the CIESM website and, in more detail, in the scientific literature.
To be continued !
Joint co-ordinator, Hydrochanges Program