SeaWiFS satellite ocean color data from the Southern Ocean

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Moore, J. K., Abbott, M. R., Richman, J. G., Smith, W. O., Cowles, T. J., Coale, K. H., … Barber, R. T. (1999). SeaWiFS satellite ocean color data from the Southern Ocean. Geophysical Research Letters, 26(10), 1465-1468.
TitleSeaWiFS satellite ocean color data from the Southern Ocean
AuthorsK. Moore, R. Abbott, G. Richman, O. Smith, J. Cowles, H. Coale, D. Gardner, T. Barber
AbstractSeaWiFS estimates of surface chlorophyll. concentrations are reported for the region of the U.S. JGOFS study in the Southern Ocean (∼ 170 °W, 60 °S). Elevated chlorophyll was observed at the Southern Ocean fronts, near the edge of the seasonal ice sheet, and above the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge. The elevated chlorophyll levels associated with the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge are surprising since even the crest of the ridge is at depths > 2000 m. This elevated phytoplankton biomass is likely the result of mesoscale physical-biological interactions where the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) encounters the ridge. Four cruises surveyed this region between October 1997 and March 1998, as part of the U.S. JGOFS. Satellite-derived chlorophyll concentrations were compared with in situ extracted chlorophyll measurements from these cruises. There was good agreement (r 2 of 0.72, from a linear regression of shipboard vs. satellite chlorophyll), although SeaWiFS underestimated chlorophyll concentrations relative to the ship data. Copyright 1999 by the American Geophysical Union.
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Start page1465
End page1468
SubjectsBiomass, Chlorophyll, Color, Satellites, Sea ice, Ocean color, Oceanography, sea surface, SeaWiFS, Southern Ocean
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