Plankton blooms in vortices: The role of biological and hydrodynamic time scales

  title={Plankton blooms in vortices: The role of biological and hydrodynamic time scales},
  author={Mihai Săndulescu and Cristobal Lopez Lopez and Emilio Hern{\'a}ndez-Garc{\'i}a and Ulrike Feudel},
We study the interplay of hydrodynamic mesoscale structures and the growth of plankton in the wake of an island, and its interaction with a coastal upwelling. Our focus is on a mechanism for the emergence of localized plankton blooms in vortices. Using a coupled system of a kinematic flow mimicking the mesoscale structures behind the island and a simple three component model for the marine ecosystem, we show that the long residence times of nutrients and plankton in the vicinity of the island… CONTINUE READING
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