Phytoplankton (left to right) Dinophysis dinoflagellate, Cocolithophore, Chaetoceros centric diatom, Asterionella diatom. SEM images by Kurt Buck.
The focus of our studies is understanding the causes for phytoplankton variability on global to meso scales and determining the nature of the coupling between climate, ocean physics, marine chemistry, and phytoplankton. The phytoplankton responses range from those at the species level to the bulk of properties of the communities including productivity and particle flux and their roles in the biogeochemical cycling of elements in the ocean.
Below is a listing of our current projects:
- Central California (Time Series from Shipboard observations)
- Summary: Time Series Graphs 1989-2001 (Contour and line graphs of: temperature, salinty, sigma t, chlorophyll, primary productivity, nitrate, phosphate, silicate)
- NOPP National Ocean Participation Program (Modeling the central California coastal upwelling system: Physics, ecosystems and resource management or Simulations of Coastal Ocean Physics and Ecosystems (SCOPE) NOPP Data
- MUSE: MOOS Upper-Water-Column Science Experiment (Biological observations from the MUSE cruise of August 2000)
- SECRET: Studies of Ecological and Chemical Responses to Environmental Trends 1997-2006(Quarterly observations on CalCOFI Line 67)
- CoOP: Coastal Ocean Processes 1995 (Joint study of the coastal processes and marine boundary layer)
- A ten-year time series from Monterey Bay, California: Seasonal, interannual and long-term patterns 1989-1998 (5 major stations in Monterey Bay supplemented with mooring and satellite observations)
- Effect Of The 1997-98 El Niño On Chlorophyll And Primary Production Across The Central California Upwelling Zone: Temporal Evolution, Spatial Pattern, And Comparison To Climatology(El Nino Workshop Poster, 1997-1998 SECRET cruises compared to the PEGASUS cruises from 1989-1991)
El Niño Analysis (Observations from Monterey Bay)
- Atlas: Analysis from the West coast of N. America
- Equatorial Pacific (TAO moorings)
- MOOS (MBARI Ocean Observing Systems: Mooring observations from Monterey Bay)
- NOAA Long Line (Shipboard observations from around the world)
- OSCOPE (Oceanographic Systems for Chemical, Optical, and Physical Experiments: Gulf of Alaska Moorings)
- Peru Ocean Temperatures (Sea Surface Temperature Time Series from Paita, Peru)
Satellite (SeaWIFS and AVHRR images from Central California)
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