Ecological transitions in a coastal upwelling ecosystem

TitleEcological transitions in a coastal upwelling ecosystem
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsOhman MD, Barbeau K., Franks PJS, Goericke R, Landry MR, Miller AJ
Date Published2013/09
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1042-8275
Accession NumberWOS:000323808600029
Keywordscalifornia current system; chlorophyll; community; ensenada; front; frontal zone; july 1985; ocean; phytoplankton; southern california; Zooplankton

The southern California Current Ecosystem (CCE) is a dynamic eastern boundary current ecosystem that is forced by ocean-atmosphere variability on interannual, multidecadal, and long-term secular time scales. Recent evidence suggests that apparent abrupt transitions in ecosystem conditions reflect linear tracking of the physical environment rather than oscillations between alternative preferred states. A space-for-time exchange is one approach that permits use of natural spatial variability in the CCE to develop a mechanistic understanding needed to project future temporal changes. The role of (sub)mesoscale frontal systems in altering rates of nutrient transport, primary and secondary production, export fluxes, and the rates of encounters between predators and prey is an issue central to this pelagic ecosystem and its future trajectory because the occurrence of such frontal features is increasing.

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