CONDOR

OBSERVATORY FOR LONG-TERM STUDY AND MONITORING OF AZOREAN SEAMOUNT ECOSYSTEMS

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Condor from afar

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The Oceanography team is using high resolution satellite Ocean Colour MODIS /Aqua data (http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov) to monitor chlorophyll-a near-surface concentrations (in mg m-3) over the Condor seamount, as a proxy to phytoplankton mesoscale variability. These data are processed at IMAR-DOP/UAç (http://oceano.horta.uac.pt/detra/modis/modis.php).

 

25-february2009-CHLa condor_zoom_25-feb
6-april-2009-CHLa condor_zoom_6-apr

 

Daily MODIS Chlorophyll a (in mg m-3) over the Azores Central Group and Condor seamount. The upper image is from 25 February and the lower image is from 6 April 2009. Lower Chlorophyll a concentrations are observed on top of Condor seamount (see zoomed images). High mesoscale Chlorophyll a variability is observed around the islands.

 

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