Mesoscale processes: Some biological and physical connections
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 63, Issue 18, pages 267–271, 4 May 1982
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1982), Mesoscale processes: Some biological and physical connections, Eos Trans. AGU, 63(18), 267–271, doi:10.1029/EO063i018p00267.(
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
The February joint AGU/ASLO meeting in San Antonio brought together scientists from a wide range of oceanographic and limnological subdisciplines. One of the implicit themes in many of the sessions was the importance of mesoscale processes (space scales: 10–1000 km; time scales: days to a few years) and the interdisciplinary nature of the studies needed to understand them. Several sessions addressed mesoscale phenomena directly; one, organized by John Steel of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, focused on the relations between biological and physical mesoscale processes. This article is adapted from the introductory talk to Steele's mesoscale session. The talk attempted to give a general pverview of some of the less emphasized connections between physical and biological mesoscale processes and the relationships between them, larger- and smaller-scale phenomena, and the strategies and instrumentation used to study such processes.