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|Title:||Phytoplankton Dynamics in the Pelagos Sanctuary: a Satellite Approach|
|Authors:||FINOIA Maria Grazia; MANCA ZEICHEN Marta; BARALE VITTORIO|
|Citation:||Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment, MEDCOAST 07 vol. 2 p. 1407-1418|
|Publisher:||MEDCOAST, Middle East Technical University|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Phytoplankton dynamics in the Pelagos International Marine Mammals Sanctuary, NW Mediterranean Sea, was studied using five years (1998-2002) of Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) data. Mean chl images were derived for 10-day periods and a Principal Component Analysis (PCA) performed over the whole dataset. The surface patterns were used to trace the seasonal sequence of events that supports the extraordinary ecology of the Sanctuary, where the fertilization of surface waters due to air-sea interactions supports a large biomass of primary (and secondary) producers, as well as a highly developed food web, including a standing population of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus).|
|JRC Directorate:||Sustainable Resources|
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