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Coupling between thermohaline and chemical fields during two contrasting upwelling events off the NW Iberian Peninsula

AutorCastro, Carmen G. ; Pérez, Fiz F. ; Álvarez-Salgado, Xosé Antón ; Fraga, Fernando
Palabras claveOceanography
Chemical and biological
Nutrients
Coastal upwelling
NW Iberian Peninsula
Fecha de publicación2000
EditorElsevier
CitaciónContinental Shelf Research 20(2): 189-210 (2000)
ResumenThe hydrographic, chemical and biological conditions observed during spring and summer upwelling events off the NW Iberian Peninsula are compared. Meteorological data showed that northeasterly winds were of similar magnitude during both cruises, whereas the effect of upwelling was more intense during the spring than during the summer since stratification was weaker in spring. In the two situations the recurrent upwelling centre off Cape Finisterre (43°N, 9°W) divided the study area into two provinces. The two provinces differ in the occurrence and intensity of winds and in the origin of the upwelled water. Eastern North Atlantic Central Water of subpolar origin (ENACWP) was recorded north of Cape Finisterre during the two events. South of the Cape, ENACWP was observed during the spring situation, whereas ENACW of subtropical origin (ENACWT) prevailed during the summer cruise. Despite the different thermohaline and chemical properties of these two varieties of ENACW, similar nutrient levels were found in the two provinces due to strong remineralisation processes on the southern shelf. In addition, slower horizontal circulation at the southern edge of the upwelling centre and the influence of four large embayments (the Rı́as Baixas) south of Cape Finisterre, favoured chlorophyll accumulation south of the upwelling centre, which has similarly been observed in other upwelling centres around the world
Descripción22 pages, 3 tables, 8 figures
Versión del editorhttps://doi.org/10.1016/S0278-4343(99)00071-0
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/169655
DOI10.1016/S0278-4343(99)00071-0
ISSN0278-4343
E-ISSN1873-6955
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