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Constraining the effect of mesoscale features on the carbon budget of the photic layer in the NE subtropical Atlantic

Mourino, B.; Fernandez, E.; Pingree, R.D.; Sinha, B.; Escanez, E.; de Armas, D.. 2005 Constraining the effect of mesoscale features on the carbon budget of the photic layer in the NE subtropical Atlantic. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 287. 45-52.

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Abstract/Summary

An oceanographic cruise was carried out in the subtropical NE Atlantic in April 1999 with the aim of investigating the role of the Azores Current, the STORM (subtropical oceanic rings of magnitude) cyclonic eddies and the Great Meteor Tablemount in triggering phytoplankton production. This information combined with previous studies allowed us to determine the role of these features in the carbon budget of the photic layer in this oligotrophic region. The results suggest that mesoscale dynamics, although modifying hydrographic characteristics and phytoplankton spatial distribution, do not appear to significantly affect primary production in the NE subtropical Atlantic.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: mesoscale features, phytoplankton biomass, primary production, carbon budget, NE subtropical Atlantic
Date made live: 01 Feb 2006 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/119330

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