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Triggers for the spring phytoplankton bloom

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Within ocean sciences, there is currently considerable interest in mesoscale eddies and their impacts on biology. This paper makes a contribution to this scientific field by examining how mesoscale eddies affect the timing of the spring bloom of phytoplankton in the Japan Sea. By contrasting bloom events in cyclonic and anti-cyclonic eddies, the authors determine important processes needed for initiating blooms. The mechanisms are general and may apply to other regions of the world ocean. 


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