Title: Near-Coastal Features of the NW Mediterranean Sea - Space and Time Heterogeneity of Atmospheric Forcing, Vertical Mixing and Algal Blooming, from Satellite Observations and Model Simulations (1997-2007)
Authors: BARALE VittorioGARCIA GORRIZ ElisaHOEPFFNER NicolasSTIPS Adolf
Publisher: OPOCE
Publication Year: 2008
JRC Publication N°: JRC49504
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 23708 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC49504
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Data derived from satellite observations and model simulations were used to assess space¿time heterogeneity of atmospheric forcing, vertical mixing and algal blooming of the Ligurian-Provençal Sea, in the north-western Mediterranean basin. The ecosystem response to changing seasonal conditions in the Gulf of Lion (40.5¿42.5°N, 3.5¿7.5°E) was examined over 10 consecutive annual cycles (September 1997 ¿ September 2007). In this environmental hotspot, atmospheric forcing causes deep convective processes and consequent nutrient upwelling in the water column. As phytoplankton growth in the otherwise oligotrophic basin is always nutrient-limited, the blooming triggered by these processes reflects the prevailing wind field patterns.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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