Antarctic circumpolar wave impact on marine biology: A natural laboratory for climate change study

Corinne Le Quéré, Laurent Bopp, Ina Tegen

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We use the observed variations in ocean surface chlorophyll, temperature and height caused by the Antarctic Circumpolar Wave (ACW) as a natural laboratory to determine how marine biology responds to changes in ocean stratification in the Southern Ocean. Interannual variations of surface chlorophyll (±5%) observed by SeaWiFS satellite during 1997-2001 vary in phase over the entire Southern Ocean in spite of large east-west dipoles in ocean dynamics. We suggest that this behavior is due to the regional predominance of light versus nutrient limitation over the most productive regions of the Southern Ocean.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-1-45-4
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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