Articles | Volume 14, issue 14
Biogeosciences, 14, 3471–3486, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-3471-2017

Special issue: Interactions between planktonic organisms and biogeochemical...

Biogeosciences, 14, 3471–3486, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-3471-2017

Research article 24 Jul 2017

Research article | 24 Jul 2017

The fate of a southwest Pacific bloom: gauging the impact of submesoscale vs. mesoscale circulation on biological gradients in the subtropics

Alain de Verneil et al.

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A surface summer plankton bloom in the western tropical South Pacific was sampled during the Oligotrophy to UlTra-oligotrophy PACific Experiment (OUTPACE) cruise. We characterize the bloom's properties and the circulation responsible for its evolution. Nitrogen fixation helped sustain the bloom, and larger-scale flows, rather than the smaller ones, explain its movements. Future studies of blooms in this region can make use of these findings to track the horizontal export of plankton production.
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