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    Distribution of phytoplankton in the mixed layer: implication of krill abundance

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    Document Number:
    SC-CAMLR-VII/BG/26
    Author(s):
    United States of America
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    Abstract

    The vertical trajectory of phytoplankton in the Antarctic ocean is modelled as a random walk with a diffusivity derived from a simple Ekman layer model and turbulence theory. The surface mixing layer is shallow, but diffusion is large enough to effect the vertical distribution of phytoplankton in the upper ocean.

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