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AuthorsLocritani, M.* 
Gasparini, G. P.* 
Carmisciano, C.* 
Castellano, M.* 
Povero, P.* 
TitleThe driving forces of the biotic processes along an offshore gradient in the Ligurian basin (Portofino Promontory) during 2008
Issue Date3-Apr-2011
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/2122/7312
KeywordsLigurian basin
seasonal variation
coastal current
Subject Classification03. Hydrosphere::03.02. Hydrology::03.02.99. General or miscellaneous 
03. Hydrosphere::03.02. Hydrology::03.02.02. Hydrological processes: interaction, transport, dynamics 
AbstractThe marine coastal area of the Portofino Promontory, located in the North-East side of the Ligurian basin (Mediterranean Sea), has been studied since 1980’s to identify its main ecological characteristics. The large physical, chemical and biological dataset available for this site (LTER sites) represents a powerful tool for the reliable reconstruction of seasonal cycles and allow the differentiation of regular and recurrent patterns from occasional and exceptional events. This long-term monitoring reveled an increases in the average monthly temperature along the water column in the last 10 years compare with the previous decade (1985-1995), with a high inter-annual variability and some specific episodic occurrence of thermal anomalies. The physical features of the water column seems to have a strict relation with the phytoplankton biomass fluctuations. A detailed study of 2008 intended to analyze a wider area, in order to compare the driving forces influencing the development of biotic process along an offshore gradient.
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