National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce


FY 2001

Remotely sensed biological production in the equatorial Pacific

Turk, D., M.J. McPhaden, A.J. Busalacchi, and M.R. Lewis

Science, 293, 471–474, doi: 10.1126/science.1056449 (2001)

A combination of ship, buoy, and satellite observations in the tropical Pacific during the period from 1992 to 2000 provides a basin-scale perspective on the net effects of El Niño and La Niña on biogeochemical cycles. New biological production during the 1997-99 El Niño/La Niña period varied by more than a factor of 2. The resulting interannual changes in global carbon sequestration associated with the El Niño/La Niña cycle contributed to the largest known natural perturbation of the global carbon cycle over these time scales.

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