The Science

Overall Objectives: Studying the role of large-scaled phenomenon in the balance of CCE production, biomass accumulation, nutrient and trophic fluxes and predator-prey interactions. Hypothesis 1: The disturbances associated with large-scaled fronts and eddies include altered nutrient transport to the euphotic zone (sunlight zone), modified primary production, shifts in plankton community structure, altered predator-prey interactions and altered veritcal export of organic matter. Hypothesis 2: Processes associated with large-scaled physical features dominate the biological, chemical, physical and geological fluxes when integrated over the California Current Ecosystem region.

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