The Ross Sea is one of the most productive regions in the Southern Ocean, with a significant role in carbon cycling as well as the massive abundance of higher trophic levels. The seasonal cycle is well established with an early summer Phaeocystis antarctica bloom that declines followed by a diatom bloom in late summer. ThisRead More..
Chlorophyll fluorescence, primarily used to derive phytoplankton biomass, has long been an underutilized source of information on phytoplankton physiology. Diel fluctuations in chlorophyll fluorescence are affected by both photosynthetic efficiency and non-photochemical quenching (NPQ), where NPQ is a decrease in fluorescence through the dissipation of excess energy as heat. NPQ variability is linked to ironRead More..
Seasonal progression of dissolved iron (DFe) concentrations in the upper water column were examined during four occupations in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. DFe inventories from euphotic and aphotic reservoirs decreased progressively from July to February, while dissolved inorganic nitrogen decreased from July to January with no significant change between January and February.Read More..