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Lagrangian Study of Planktonic Organisms: Perspectives

Author: Yamazaki, Hidekatsu

Source: Bulletin of Marine Science, Volume 53, Number 1, July 1993 , pp. 265-278(14)

Publisher: University of Miami - Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

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Recent numerical studies of turbulent flow show the presence of “organized structures” within the flow. I will speculate on the behavior of planktonic organisms in conjunction with such structures. Breaking waves cause an enormous number of bubbles at the ocean surface, and the Langmuir circulation transports them into deeper sections of water. Rising bubbles can induce a flotation process and complicate the environment of plankton. Hence, I also provide conjecture on the possible role of bubbles for productivity in the upper ocean. To properly take these small-scale non-linear processes into account, we must use Lagrangian models. I will introduce two Lagrangian models which mimic an aggregation of planktonic organisms.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 1993

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