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A coastal ocean extreme bloom incubator


Ryan, JP and Gower, JFR and King, SA and Bissett, WP and Fischer, AM and Kudela, RM and Kolber, Z and Mazzillo, F and Rienecker, EV and Chavez, FP, A coastal ocean extreme bloom incubator , Geophysical Research Letters, 35, (12) pp. L12602. ISSN 0094-8276 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1029/2008GL034081


Novel remote sensing methods and in situ observations reveal that intense dinoflagellate blooms occur frequently in Monterey Bay, California. Blooms can contain surface chlorophyll concentrations exceeding 500 μg 1 -1 and occupy ∼5 to 80 km 2. They occur primarily during August through November and can persist for > 1 month. Maximum bloom frequency and mean intensity are in a shallow (< 25 in depth) area of the northeastern bay, in coincidence with the warmest surface water, low wind stress, and retentive circulation. These conditions favor dinoflagellates, which can vertically migrate to acquire nutrients in the thermocline and aggregate as "red tide" near the surface. Bloom incubation areas, also indicated in other coastal upwelling systems, in disproportionately influence regional bloom ecology. Copyright 2008 by the American Geophysical Union.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Biological oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean)
UTAS Author:Fischer, AM (Dr Andy Fischer)
ID Code:63901
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:68
Deposited By:NC Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability
Deposited On:2010-06-08
Last Modified:2011-10-06

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