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Climate and Chlorophyll a: Long-Term Trends in the Central North Pacific Ocean

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Science  02 Oct 1987:
Vol. 238, Issue 4823, pp. 70-72
DOI: 10.1126/science.238.4823.70

Abstract

Since 1968 a significant increase in total chlorophyll a in the water column during the summer in the central North Pacific Ocean has been observed. A concomitant increase in winter winds and a decrease in sea surface temperature suggest that long-period fluctuations in atmospheric characteristics have changed the carrying capacity of the central Pacific epipelagic ecosystem.

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