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dc.contributor.author Ayers, JM
dc.contributor.author Lozier, MS
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-21T17:31:27Z
dc.date.issued 2010-01-01
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 2010, 115 (5)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/4516
dc.description.abstract The large seasonal migration of the transition zone chlorophyll front (TZCF) is of interest because a number of marine fauna, both commercial and endangered, appear to track it. Herein we examine the physical dynamics driving this seasonal migration of the TZCF. Vertical processes, traditionally viewed as controlling the dynamical supply of nutrients to surface waters, prove insufficient to explain seasonal variations in nutrient supply to the transition zone. Instead, we find that the horizontal Ekman transport of nutrients from higher latitudes drives the TZCF's southward migration. The estimated horizontal transport of nitrate supports up to 40% of new primary productivity in the region annually and nearly all of new primary productivity in the winter. The significance of horizontal advection to the North Pacific transition zone supports revising the paradigm that nutrients are supplied to surface waters from below. © 2010 by the American Geophysical Union.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1029/2009JC005596
dc.title Physical controls on the seasonal migration of the North Pacific transition zone chlorophyll front
dc.title.alternative en_US
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
duke.date.pubdate 2010-5-4 en_US
duke.description.endpage C05001 en_US
duke.description.issue en_US
duke.description.startpage C05001 en_US
duke.description.volume 115 en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans en_US
pubs.issue 5
pubs.organisational-group /Duke
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Nicholas School of the Environment
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Nicholas School of the Environment/Earth and Ocean Sciences
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 115
dc.identifier.eissn 2169-9291

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