Articles | Volume 18, issue 14
Biogeosciences, 18, 4281–4303, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-4281-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 4281–4303, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-4281-2021

Research article 22 Jul 2021

Research article | 22 Jul 2021

Do Loop Current eddies stimulate productivity in the Gulf of Mexico?

Pierre Damien et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2020-490', Zuo Xue, 04 Feb 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Pierre Damien, 26 Feb 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2020-490', Anonymous Referee #2, 06 Feb 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Pierre Damien, 26 Feb 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (16 Mar 2021) by Kenneth Rose
AR by Pierre Damien on behalf of the Authors (20 Apr 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (23 Apr 2021) by Kenneth Rose
RR by Z. George Xue (30 Apr 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (08 May 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (15 May 2021) by Kenneth Rose
AR by Pierre Damien on behalf of the Authors (28 May 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (02 Jun 2021) by Kenneth Rose
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Short summary
The Gulf of Mexico deep waters are relatively poor in phytoplankton biomass due to low levels of nutrients in the upper layers. Using modeling techniques, we find that the long-living anticyclonic Loop Current eddies that are shed episodically from the Yucatan Channel strongly shape the distribution of phytoplankton and, more importantly, stimulate their growth. This results from the contribution of multiple mechanisms of physical–biogeochemical interactions discussed in this study.
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