Agulhas Rings: Biology

Mesoscale processes, such as Agulhas eddies contribute to heat flux, therefore impacting on the physics and chemistry of the northern area of the Southern Ocean, which can change biogeochemical cycles. They may be linked to the supply of new nutrients and elevated productivity in oligotrophic systems. In addition mesoscales eddies are important in controlling the structure and productivity of marine planktonic communities. Nevertheless, there are relatively few studies that highlight eddy-induced changes in the zooplankton community. Thus, the present study aims to contribute to the knowledge about zooplankton community associated with Agulhas eddies in the South Atlantic ocean.

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