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Biological patchiness in relation to satellite thermal imagery and associated chamical mesoscale features

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Authors
Phoebus, Ronald Wayne
Subjects
Biological patchiness
Thermal fronts
Chemical fronts
Sea surface temperature
Satellite infrared imagery
Upwelling
Nutrients
Chlorophyll a
Phosphate
Advisors
Traganza, Eugene D.
Date of Issue
1981-06
Date
June 1981
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
The presence of biological patches, or communities, can have a direct effect on Naval operations, scientific research, and fisheries. It is shown that remote infrared satellite sensing may be used as a real-time tool to accurately locate thermally and biologically significant features. Several physical, chemical, and biological variables were sampled in the surface layer of mesoscale thermal features which were located using satellite imagery. The bio-chemical sampling produced replicate results from which the distribution of biomass could be inferred. Possible explanations are advanced for patch forming mechanisms and biomass distribution.
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Thesis
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Department
Oceanography
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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