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An oceanographic cruise was carried out in the subtropical NE Atlantic in April 1999 with the aim of investigating the role of the Azores Current, the STORM (subtropical oceanic rings of magnitude) cyclonic eddies and the Great Meteor Tablemount in triggering phytoplankton production. This information combined with previous studies allowed us to determine the role of these features in the carbon budget of the photic layer in this oligotrophic region. The results suggest that mesoscale dynamics, although modifying hydrographic characteristics and phytoplankton spatial distribution, do not appear to significantly affect primary production in the NE subtropical Atlantic.
This study was
funded by the European Commission and the Spanish Ministerio
de Educación y Cultura through the research programmes
CANIGO (MAS3CT960060) and CARPOS
(REN2003-09532-C03-01). B. Mouriño was supported by a
PFPU fellowship from the Ministerio de Educación y Cultura
(MEC, Spain) and a MECD/Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship.
NE subtropical Atlantic
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