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).
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.