Research Spotlight: Tropical cyclone formation affected by ocean color
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 91, Issue 45, page 428, 9 November 2010
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2010), Research Spotlight: Tropical cyclone formation affected by ocean color, Eos Trans. AGU, 91(45), 428–428, doi:10.1029/EO091i045p00428-01.(
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The color of the ocean can alter the frequency of tropical cyclones, according to a new study. The absorption of sunlight is affected by the concentration of chlorophyll, with the Sun's heat penetrating deeper in clear, low-chlorophyll waters. In the ocean gyres this heat can get carried away so that lower concentrations of chlorophyll are associated with colder surface waters. Ocean surface temperatures can affect atmospheric circulation patterns and thus the formation of cyclones and other weather patterns.