Results of a high-resolution ocean circulation model of a southern Tyrrhenian coastal area are presented. The sigma-coordinate Princeton Ocean Model (POM) is implemented with a 1/144°-resolution in a domain that includes highly-urbanized coastal areas, such as the Gulf of Naples and the nearby gulfs of Gaeta and Salerno, that are particularly relevant from an oceanographic, ecological and social viewpoint. The model takes initial and boundary conditions from a 1/48°-resolution POM model of the whole Tyrrhenian Sea. The main forcing is provided by ECMWF wind data, but an alternative wind field obtained from the Italian Space Agency COSMO-SkyMed X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar data is also tested. Several simulations referring to different seasons, and episodes of Kelvin wave propagation are presented and compared with current-meter measurements, thus obtaining a significant validation of the modeling approach.
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