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Bathymetric and geological properties of the Adriatic Sea
Vrdoljak, L.; Režic, M.; Petricevic, I. (2021). Bathymetric and geological properties of the Adriatic Sea. Rudarsko-Geolosko-Naftni Zbornik 36(2): 93-107. https://dx.doi.org/10.17794/rgn.2021.2.9
In: Rudarsko-Geolosko-Naftni Zbornik: Zagreb. ISSN 0353-4529, more
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Keyword
    Marine/Coastal
Author keywords
    Adriatic; Digital bathymetric model; EMODnet; GEBCO 2020; Geomorphology

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  • Vrdoljak, L.
  • Režic, M.
  • Petricevic, I.

Abstract
    Advance in the visualization of the bathymetric and geological data from charted to digital maps and models opened the possibility to analyse the data within Geographic Information System (GIS) functionalities. In this paper, bathymetric and geological properties of the Adriatic Sea were analysed using the General Bathymetric Chart of the Ocean (GEBCO) 2020 digital bathymetric model (DBM) and data from European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet). The bathymetric analysis includes depth statistics, area and volume calculation, hypsometry, and analysis of the heterogeneity of bathymetric data from the GEBCO 2020 DBM within limits of the Adriatic defined by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and 3 subbasins delineated according to the bathymetry. The geological analysis includes seabed substrate map from EMODnet data and kilometre-scale seabed variability in the Adriatic. The GEBCO 2020 DBM shows that Adriatic Sea is a shallow sea with a mean depth of -253 meters and over 50% of area shallower than 100 meters. The area of the Adriatic Sea is 138 516 km2 with a total volume of 35 521 km3. Patterns describing morphological variability coincide with the heterogeneity of the underlying source data of the GEBCO 2020 digital bathymetry model and major structures in the Adriatic Sea.

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