Tidal Currents and Transient Phenomena in the Strait of Messina: a Review

  • F. Bignami
  • E. Salusti
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 318)


The strait of Messina, separating Sicily from the Italian peninsula, has been studied since Homer’s times. Scientists have always been fascinated by its strong currents generated by the opposition of tidal phase between the two contiguous Tyrrhenian and Ionian basins. Tidal barotropic and baroclinic currents, up to 2 m/s, transient barotropic eddies and nonlinear wave trains as detected from remote and in situ observations and in the light of numerical models, are here analyzed and discussed.


Internal Wave Tidal Current Wave Train Synthetic Aperture Radar Synthetic Aperture Radar Image 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Bignami
    • 1
  • E. Salusti
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità degli Studi di Roma ”La Sapienza”RomeItaly
  2. 2.INFN, Dipartimento di FiaicaUniversità degli Studi di Roma ”La Sapienza”RomeItaly

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