Articles | Volume 12, issue 16
Biogeosciences, 12, 5021–5039, 2015
Biogeosciences, 12, 5021–5039, 2015

Research article 26 Aug 2015

Research article | 26 Aug 2015

On the vertical distribution of the chlorophyll a concentration in the Mediterranean Sea: a basin-scale and seasonal approach

H. Lavigne et al.

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The spatiotemporal variability in the vertical distribution of the chlorophyll concentration in the Mediterranean Sea is investigated. Results are based on a large database of fluorescence profiles intercalibrated from ocean color satellite data. They indicate that two types of chlorophyll seasonality coexist in the Mediterranean Sea. The shape of the chlorophyll profile is very dynamic during winter, and the deep chlorophyll maximum is a dominant feature of Mediterranean chlorophyll profile.
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