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New Climate Pattern

Long-term observations allowed CCE scientists to define a new climate pattern called the North Pacific Gyre Oscillation (NPGO), which links physical ocean changes, such as fluctuations in salinity and nutrients, with biodiversity and ecosystem processes in the eastern North Pacific. This climate pattern may affect marine ecosystems around the world.

Di Lorenzo, E., Schneider, N., Cobb, K.M., Franks, P.J.S., Chhak, K., Miller, A.J., McWilliams, J.C., Bograd, S.J., Arango, H., Curchitser, E., Powell, T.M., Rivière, P., 2008. North Pacific Gyre Oscillation links ocean climate and ecosystem change. Geophysical Research Letters 35, doi:10.1029/2007GL032838.
Ceballos, L., E. Di Lorenzo, N. Schneider, B. Taguchi, and C. D. Hoyas, 2009. North Pacific Gyre Oscillation synchronizes climate fluctuations in the eastern and western North Pacific. Journal of Climate 22: 5163-5174. doi: 10.1175/2009JCLI2848.1.
Emanuele Di Lorenzo, Georgia Institute of Technology
North Pacific Gyre Oscillation (NPGO) and three co-variates (salinity, dissolved nitrate, and phytoplankton chlorophyll a), from the CCE-LTER and CalCOFI region.
Emanuele Di Lorenzo et al. (2008)



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