Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 7, 415–422, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-7-415-2015
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 7, 415–422, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-7-415-2015
Brief communication
10 Dec 2015
Brief communication | 10 Dec 2015

In situ measurement of the biogeochemical properties of Southern Ocean mesoscale eddies in the Southwest Indian Ocean, April 2014

S. de Villiers et al.

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A "young" warm-core eddy and an "older" warm-core eddy further south were surveyed in the Southern Ocean to study differences in their heat, salt and nutrient characteristics. Results show that warm eddies that migrate from the polar front further south lose heat but gain dissolved silicate and exhibit much higher levels of chlorophyll-a. This demonstrates important heat and nutrient exchange processes associated with eddy transport in the ocean.