The bioluminescent field of the Atlantic Ocean

S. A. Piontkovski, Yu N. Tokarev, E. P. Bitukov, R. Williams, D. A. Kiefer

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Abstract

Data from 20 yr (1970 to 1990) of expeditions by the Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas, Ukraine, to the tropical Atlantic Ocean are summarised in the form of a macroscale contour map. The bioluminescent intensity of plankton in the upper 100 m layer was analysed from 2924 casts. Several zones of enhanced bioluminescence are shown from the annual averages (0 to 100 m), associated with major upwellings along the African coast and geostrophic currents forming the westward water mass transport. The macroscale trend of spatial distribution and the stochastic component of the bioluminescence were partitioned by analysis of the autocorrelation functions. General agreement between bioluminescence and zooplankton biomass distributions was noted on an ocean basin scale. The contribution of phyto- and zooplankton fractions to the formation of the integrated bioluminescence potential can vary significantly in the upper 100 m layer over regions within the tropical zone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalMarine Ecology Progress Series
Volume156
Publication statusPublished - Sep 25 1997

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Keywords

  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Plankton bioluminescence
  • Spatial heterogeneity

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  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology

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Piontkovski, S. A., Tokarev, Y. N., Bitukov, E. P., Williams, R., & Kiefer, D. A. (1997). The bioluminescent field of the Atlantic Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 156, 33-41.

The bioluminescent field of the Atlantic Ocean. / Piontkovski, S. A.; Tokarev, Yu N.; Bitukov, E. P.; Williams, R.; Kiefer, D. A.

In: Marine Ecology Progress Series, Vol. 156, 25.09.1997, p. 33-41.

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Piontkovski, SA, Tokarev, YN, Bitukov, EP, Williams, R & Kiefer, DA 1997, 'The bioluminescent field of the Atlantic Ocean', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol. 156, pp. 33-41.
Piontkovski SA, Tokarev YN, Bitukov EP, Williams R, Kiefer DA. The bioluminescent field of the Atlantic Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 1997 Sep 25;156:33-41.
Piontkovski, S. A. ; Tokarev, Yu N. ; Bitukov, E. P. ; Williams, R. ; Kiefer, D. A. / The bioluminescent field of the Atlantic Ocean. In: Marine Ecology Progress Series. 1997 ; Vol. 156. pp. 33-41.
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