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A winter chlorophyll bloom analyzed using Lagrangian diagnoses in the northeastern South China Sea
- Li, Weijie, Tang, Shilin, Zhan, Haigang
- Aquatic ecosystem health & management 2015 v.18 no.4 pp. 462-466
- algal blooms, chlorophyll, statistical analysis, winter, South China Sea
- The Finite Time Lyapunov Exponent technique is a highly effective way to visualize and analyze flow fields. Its ridges are referred to as Lagrangian Coherent Structures which reveal the transport barriers of fluid systems, or their hidden skeletons. This allows us to investigate the complex mesoscale and submesoscale ocean processes on a Lagrangian view. In this article, we use the Lagrangian technique to investigate one chlorophyll bloom event in the northeastern South China Sea and discuss the impact of horizontal transport on the distribution of surface chlorophyll. Our results demonstrate that horizontal transport barriers uncovered by Lagrangian Coherent Structures can shape the vortex and filament in a simple and distinct way.