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coastal zone color scanner pigment concentrations in the southern ocean and relationships to geophysical surface featuresClimatological data on the distribution of surface pigment fields in the entire southern ocean over a seasonal cycle are examined. The occurrence of intense phytoplankton blooms during austral summer months and during other seasons in different regions is identified and analyzed. The highest pigment concentrations are observed at high latitudes and over regions with water depths usually less than 600 m. Basin-scale pigment distribution shows a slightly asymmetric pattern of enhanced pigment concentrations about Antarctica, with enhanced concentrations extending to lower latitudes in the Atlantic and Indian sectors than in the Pacific sector. A general increase in pigment concentrations is evident from the low latitudes toward the Antarctic circumpolar region. Spatial relationships between pigment and archived geophysical data reveal significant correlation between pigment distributions and both bathymetry and wind stress, while general hemispheric scale patterns of pigment distributions are most coherent with the geostrophic flow of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Comiso, J. C.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Mcclain, C. R.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Sullivan, C. W.
(Southern California Univ. Los Angeles, CA, United States)
Ryan, J. P.
(Rhode Island Univ. Narragansett, United States)
Leonard, C. L.
(Maryland Univ. College Park, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
February 15, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume: 98
Issue: C2
ISSN: 0148-0227
Subject Category
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 579-11-01
PROJECT: RTOP 579-11-02
PROJECT: RTOP 579-11-03
PROJECT: RTOP 461-62-09
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