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Ocean color variability in the Indonesian Seas during the SeaWiFS era


Dwi Susanto, R and Moore, T and Marra, J, Ocean color variability in the Indonesian Seas during the SeaWiFS era, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 7, (5) pp. Q05021. ISSN 1525-2027 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1029/2005GC001009


More than 6 years of satellite-derived ocean color (SeaWiFS) and 7 years of sea surface temperature (AVHRR) and sea surface wind (ERS1/2, NSCAT, and QuikSCAT) are investigated for the Indonesian Seas. Harmonic analysis and monthly means in ocean color indicate that during the southeast Asia-Australia monsoon southeasterly wind from Australia generates upwelling and brings cooler and nutrientrich water near the surface, enhancing productivity and increasing ocean color in the Banda Sea and the southern coasts of Jawa (Java)-Sumatra. Conditions are reversed during the northwest monsoon. The northwest wind induces downwelling and produces a weaker biological response in terms of ocean color. Anomalous winds associated with the 1997-1998 El Niño/La Niña events coinciding with the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) produced significant departures from the 6-year monthly mean in both magnitude and timing of the seasonal response to the southeast monsoon. Ocean color intensified in the upwelling region along the southern coast of Jawa-Sumatra, and the area of increased amplitude extended westward and prolonged the southeast monsoon period. In addition, localized minimum values of ocean color are observed along the exit pathways of the Indonesian Throughflow. Copyright 2006 by the American Geophysical Union.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Biological oceanography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Moore, T (Dr Thomas Moore)
ID Code:42069
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:87
Deposited By:IASOS
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2009-04-03

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