Title: Phytoplankton Dynamics in the Pelagos Sanctuary: a Satellite Approach
Authors: FINOIA Maria GraziaMANCA ZEICHEN MartaBARALE 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
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC42095
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC42095
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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