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Remotely Sensed Biological Production in the Equatorial Pacific

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Science  20 Jul 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5529, pp. 471-474
DOI: 10.1126/science.1056449

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Abstract

A combination of ship, buoy, and satellite observations in the tropical Pacific during the period from 1992 to 2000 provides a basin-scale perspective on the net effects of El Niño and La Niña on biogeochemical cycles. New biological production during the 1997–99 El Niño/La Niña period varied by more than a factor of 2. The resulting interannual changes in global carbon sequestration associated with the El Niño/La Niña cycle contributed to the largest known natural perturbation of the global carbon cycle over these time scales.

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