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Título: Analysis of the deep chlorophyll maximum across the Azores Front
Autor: Macedo, M.F.
Duarte, Pedro
Ferreira, J.G.
Alves, M.
Costa, V.
Palavras-chave: deep chlorophyll-a maximum
primary production
Data: 2000
Editora: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Citação: Analysis of the deep chlorophyll maximum across the Azores Front. Hydrobiologia, 441 (2000), 155 - 172
Relatório da Série N.º: Hydrobiologia
Resumo: Physical, chemical and biological observations made in late July and August 1997 across the Azores Front (37ºN, 32ºW to 32ºN, 29ºW) are presented. The objectives of the study were: (1) to analyse horizontal and vertical profiles of temperature, salinity, density, nutrients and chlorophyll-a (Chl a) of the top 350 m; (2) to identify the main differences in the deep Chl a Maximum (DCM) and hydrographic structure between the water masses that pass north and south of the Azores Front; and (3) to estimate phytoplankton primary production in these water masses. Horizontal and vertical profiles of salinity, temperature, density, nutrients and phytoplankton pigments in the top 350 m were analysed. The Front separates two distinct water types: the 18 ºC ModeWater (18MW) of subtropical origin, and the 15 ºC ModeWater (15MW) of sub-polar origin. Differences in the DCM and hydrographic structure between 18 MW and 15 MW were observed in the contour plots of each section. The average Chl a concentration between 5 and 200 m depth decreased significantly from 15 MW to 18 MW. The same pattern was observed for the Chl a concentration at the DCM depth. A vertical one-dimensional model was used to estimate the phytoplankton primary production in the 15 MW and 18 MW and led to an estimated water column average gross primary productivity (GPP) between 1.08 and 2.71 mg C m
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