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The wineglass effect shapes particle export to the deep ocean in mesoscale eddies

Waite, Anya; Stemmann, Lars; Guidi, Lionel; Calil, Paulo H.R.; Hogg, Andrew; Feng, Ming; Thompson, Peter A.; Picheral, Marc; Gorsky, Gaby


Mesoscale eddies in the ocean strongly impact the distribution of planktonic particles, mediating carbon fluxes over ~1/3 of the world ocean. However, mechanisms controlling particle transport through eddies are complex and challenging to measure in situ. Here we show the subsurface distribution of eddy particles funneled into a wineglass shape down to 1000 m, leading to a sevenfold increase of vertical carbon flux in the eddy center versus the eddy flanks, the “wineglass effect”. We show that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Geophysical Research Letters
DOI: 10.1002/2015GL066463
Access Rights: Open Access


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