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A Comparison of Ship and Coastal Zone Color Scanner Mapped Distribution of Phytoplankton in the Southeastern Bering Sea

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We examined 21 Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS) images of the southeastern Bering Sea to map the near-surface distribution of phytoplankton during 1979 and 1980 and compared this information with the mesoscale (100-1000 km) distribution of phytoplankton inferred from ship sampling. Pigment patches coherent over length scales of about 1000 km along isobaths were detected in the satellite data. The patches straddled boundaries of hydrographic domains that were previously defined from the ship observations. Smaller patches (order of 100 km diameter and less) were common. -from Authors

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Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 95, issue C7, p. 11483-11499

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