Submesoscale eddies play an important role in the energy transfer from the mesoscale down to the dissipative range, as well as in tracer transport. They carry inorganic matter, nutrients and biomass; in addition, they may act as pollutant conveyors. However, synoptic observations of these features need high resolution sampling, in both time and space, making their identification challenging. Therefore, HF coastal radar were and are successfully used to accurately identify, track and describe them. In this paper we tested two already existing algorithms for the automated detection of submesoscale eddies. We applied these algorithms to HF radar velocity fields measured by a network of three radar systems operating in the Gulf of Naples. Both methods showed shortcomings, due to the high non-geostrophy of the observed currents. For this reason we developed a third, novel algorithm that proved to be able to detect highly asymmetrical eddies, often not properly identified by the previous ones. We used the results of the application of this algorithm to estimate the eddy boundary profiles and the eddy spatial distribution.
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