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Relationship between Interannual Variability of Phytoplankton and Tropical Cyclones in the Western North Pacific
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  • Journal title : Ocean and Polar Research
  • Volume 34, Issue 1,  2012, pp.29-35
  • Publisher : Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology
  • DOI : 10.4217/OPR.2012.34.1.029
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Relationship between Interannual Variability of Phytoplankton and Tropical Cyclones in the Western North Pacific
Park, Jong-Yeon; Kug, Jong-Seong; Park, Ji-Soo; Chang, Chan-Joo;
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We investigated the interannual relationship between chlorophyll concentrations in the western North Pacific and tropical cyclones (TCs) in the western North Pacific by analyzing data collected for >12 years. Despite the short-term scale (2~3 weeks) in the contribution of tropical cyclones to phytoplankton, the current study revealed that the long-term chlorophyll variability in the western North Pacific is profoundly related to long-term variability in the frequency of TCs. It was also found that the Pacific decadal oscillation (PDO) tends to control such relationships between the 2 bio-physical systems. This result suggests a significant climatic relationship between TC activity and marine phytoplankton, and also suggests the possibility of more accurate estimations of primary production in the western North Pacific.
phytoplankton;chlorophyll;tropical cyclone;Western North Pacific;
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