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Title: The influence of island-generated eddies on chlorophyll distribution: A study of mesoscale variation around Gran Canaria
Authors: Aristegui, J 
Tett, P.
HernandezGuerra, A 
Basterretxea, G.
Montero, M. F. 
Wild, K.
Sangrá Inciarte, Pablo 
Hernández-León, S. 
Cantón, M.
García-Braun, J. A.
Pacheco, M. 
Barton, E. D.
UNESCO Clasification: 251001 Oceanografía biológica
251007 Oceanografía física
Keywords: Eddies
Gran Canaria (Canary islands)
Issue Date: 1997
Publisher: 0967-0637
Journal: Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 
Abstract: This study reports hydrographic and biological observations from three cruises where cyclonic and anticyclonic eddies were observed downstream of Gran Canaria island. Based on field data and remote sensing images (AVHRR and CZCS), two mechanisms associated with island-generated eddies, largely responsible for the formation and distribution of chlorophyll around the Canary Islands, are proposed. First, nutrient pumping and vertical uplifting of the deep chlorophyll maximum by cyclonic eddies might represent important sources of primary production in the oligotrophic waters of the Canary region. Second, eddies are responsible for the horizontal transport and distribution of chlorophyll originating near the islands or off the African coast. Water with high chlorophyll content, resulting from island stirring or local upwelling at the flanks of the islands, is incorporated into cyclonic eddies in their development and subsequently transported downstream. On the other hand, anticyclonic eddies can also entrain water rich in chlorophyll when interacting with the offshore boundary of the African coastal upwelling. This chlorophyll will be advected southward as the eddy drifts. The recurrence of cyclonic and anticyclonic eddies, together with the presence of upwelling filaments throughout the year, must have important biological consequences in the formation and transport of organic matter in the Canary region.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/49901
ISSN: 0967-0637
DOI: 10.1016/S0967-0637(96)00093-3
Source: Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers [ISSN 0967-0637], v. 44 (1), p. 71-96
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