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Seasonal and latitudinal patterns of pelagic community metabolism in surface waters of the Atlantic Ocean

Author(s): S. Agusti

Journal: Biogeosciences Discussions
ISSN 1810-6277

Volume: 9;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 507;
Date: 2012;
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Temporal and spatial patterns in the variability of the pelagic metabolism at the surface of the Atlantic Ocean were analyzed in a series of four oceanographic cruises (LATITUDE 1, 2, 3 and 4). The cruises crossed the oligotrophic waters of North and South subtropical gyres and this explained the low values of both gross primary production (GPP) and community respiration (R) found. Net community production (NCP), the balance between production and consumption, was strongly related to the variability in R rates (R2=0.72, P
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