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A possible plankton wave in the Indian Ocean

A possible plankton wave in the Indian Ocean
A possible plankton wave in the Indian Ocean
The existence of waves in oceanic plankton populations has been conjectured on theoretical grounds. We report the first open ocean observations of a possible plankton wave in the Indian Ocean, seen in satellite ocean colour data. The chlorophyll feature travels from west to east, in the opposite direction to the mean flow and the Rossby wave and eddy propagation direction. For the strongest observed event, in February to April 1999, the wave propagates in the latitude band ?22–30°S away from Madagascar and dies out at ?75°E.
0094-8276
L13301
Srokosz, M.A.
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Quartly, G.D.
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Buck, J.J.H.
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Srokosz, M.A.
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Quartly, G.D.
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Srokosz, M.A., Quartly, G.D. and Buck, J.J.H. (2004) A possible plankton wave in the Indian Ocean. Geophysical Research Letters, 31 (13), L13301. (doi:10.1029/2004GL019738).

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The existence of waves in oceanic plankton populations has been conjectured on theoretical grounds. We report the first open ocean observations of a possible plankton wave in the Indian Ocean, seen in satellite ocean colour data. The chlorophyll feature travels from west to east, in the opposite direction to the mean flow and the Rossby wave and eddy propagation direction. For the strongest observed event, in February to April 1999, the wave propagates in the latitude band ?22–30°S away from Madagascar and dies out at ?75°E.

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Published date: 2004
Organisations: National Oceanography Centre,Southampton

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Local EPrints ID: 9695
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/9695
ISSN: 0094-8276
PURE UUID: 22beb763-a869-4912-84ba-d127d0921faf

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Date deposited: 12 Oct 2004
Last modified: 12 Jan 2023 18:10

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Author: M.A. Srokosz
Author: G.D. Quartly
Author: J.J.H. Buck

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