Articles | Volume 15, issue 15
Research article
13 Aug 2018
Research article |  | 13 Aug 2018

Imprint of Southern Ocean mesoscale eddies on chlorophyll

Ivy Frenger, Matthias Münnich, and Nicolas Gruber


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (29 May 2018) by Christine Klaas
AR by Ivy Frenger on behalf of the Authors (14 Jun 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (05 Jul 2018) by Christine Klaas
AR by Ivy Frenger on behalf of the Authors (25 Jul 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
Although mesoscale ocean eddies are ubiquitous in the Southern Ocean (SO), their regional and seasonal association with phytoplankton has not been quantified. We identify over 100 000 eddies and determine the associated phytoplankton biomass anomalies using satellite-based chlorophyll (Chl) as a proxy. The emerging Chl anomalies can be explained largely by lateral advection of Chl by eddies. This impact of eddies on phytoplankton may implicate downstream effects on SO biogeochemical properties.
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