Articles | Volume 12, issue 23
Research article
04 Dec 2015
Research article |  | 04 Dec 2015

Why is Trichodesmium abundant in the Kuroshio?

T. Shiozaki, S. Takeda, S. Itoh, T. Kodama, X. Liu, F. Hashihama, and K. Furuya


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The high abundance of Trichodesmium and active nitrogen fixation in the Kuroshio were not explained by the nutrient (nitrate, phosphate, and iron) distribution. We observed a Trichodesmium bloom and high nitrogen fixation near islands situated along the Kuroshio. Numerical particle-tracking experiments simulated the transportation of water around the Ryukyu Islands to the Kuroshio. Our results indicate that Trichodesmium growing around the Ryukyu Islands could be advected into the Kuroshio.
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