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A plankton guide to ocean physics: Colouring in the currents round South Africa and Madagascar

Quartly, Graham D.; Srokosz, Meric A.. 2003 A plankton guide to ocean physics: Colouring in the currents round South Africa and Madagascar. Ocean Challenge, 12 (3). 19-23.

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Abstract/Summary

The ocean colour sensor SeaWiFS, launched in August 1997, has been a great boon to those researching large-scale oceanic biological productivity. The sensor can detect variations in the colour of the water due to the presence of chlorophyll in phytoplankton, which essentially changes the water colour from blue to green. SeaWiFS has provided measurements of chlorophyll concentration over nearly all the world’s oceans, and because of their association with fronts, eddies and regions of upwelling, these records of phytoplankton abundance reveal much about physical processes occurring within the ocean.

Item Type: Publication - Article
ISSN: 0959 - 0161
Additional Keywords: Ocean colour, physical oceanography, eddies, fronts, Rossby waves, upwelling
Date made live: 17 Oct 2003 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/100192

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