QuikScat and SeaWiFS data (2000–2007) covering the Mediterranean Sea were used for a multisensor study of the coupling between wind patterns and algal blooms in the Gulf of Lion and the Rhodes-Ierapetra gyre systems. In these near-coastal hotspots, atmospheric forcing creates (albeit with different mechanisms) surface conditions that cause convective processes and consequent nutrient upwelling from deeper layers. As phytoplankton growth in the otherwise oligotrophic Mediterranean basin is always nutrient-limited, the blooming triggered by these processes reflects the prevailing wind patterns. Highly dynamic features recur systematically in the pigment field of both regions, in the same periods (January to May).
IOS Press, Inc.
6751 Tepper Drive
Clifton, VA 20124
Tel.: +1 703 830 6300
Fax: +1 703 830 2300 firstname.lastname@example.org
(Corporate matters and books only) IOS Press c/o Accucoms US, Inc.
For North America Sales and Customer Service
West Point Commons
Lansdale PA 19446
Tel.: +1 866 855 8967
Fax: +1 215 660 5042 email@example.com