Title: Multisensor Study of Wind Patterns and Algal Blooms in Near-Coastal Gyres of the Mediterranean Sea
Authors: BARALE VittorioGADE Martin
Citation: Remote Sensing for a Changing Europe - Proceedings of the 28th Symposium of the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories, Istanbul, Turkey, 2-5 June 2008 - ISBN 978-1-58603-986-8 vol. 0 p. 32-39
Publisher: EARSeL Secretariat
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC48886
URI: http://www.booksonline.iospress.nl/Content/View.aspx?piid=11506
DOI: 10.3233/978-1-58603-986-8-32
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: QuikScat and SeaWiFS data (2000¿2007) covering the Mediterranean Sea were used for a multisensor study of the coupling between wind patterns and algal blooms in the Gulf of Lion and the Rhodes-Ierapetra gyre systems. In these near-coastal hotspots, atmospheric forcing creates (albeit with different mechanisms) surface conditions that cause convective processes and consequent nutrient upwelling from deeper layers. As phytoplankton growth in the otherwise oligotrophic Mediterranean basin is always nutrient-limited, the blooming triggered by these processes reflects the prevailing wind patterns. Highly dynamic features recur systematically in the pigment field of both regions, in the same periods (January to May).
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