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Combined effects of mesoscale processes and atmospheric high-frequency variability on the spring bloom in the MEDOC area

Lévy, Marina; Mémery, Laurent; Madec, Gurvan. 2000 Combined effects of mesoscale processes and atmospheric high-frequency variability on the spring bloom in the MEDOC area. Deep-Sea Research I, 47 (1). 27-53. 10.1016/S0967-0637(99)00051-5

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Abstract/Summary

A number of processes are proposed to explain the time and space variability of the onset and decay of the spring phytoplankton bloom. This is done in the modeling framework of a case study most representative of the northwestern Mediterranean Sea (MEDOC area). The strategy followed is to isolate the different possible sources of variability (oceanic mesoscale dynamics, spring warming, wind bursts) in a series of process experiments (no flux, warming and wind experiments). The analysis of these experiments provides information for the analysis of a more realistic experiment, forced with daily atmospheric data (high-frequency experiment). On the basis of this study, we propose a categorization of the processes that control the spring bloom, in terms of their impact on the onset and decay of the bloom, and of the time and space scales on which they apply.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/S0967-0637(99)00051-5
ISSN: 0967-0637
Date made live: 16 Jan 2009 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/164843

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