Laboratoire Des Science Of Lenvironnement Marin

Plouzané, France

Laboratoire Des Science Of Lenvironnement Marin

Plouzané, France
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Speich S.,Laboratoire Of Physique Des Oceans | Fine R.,University of Miami | Boye M.,Laboratoire Des Science Of Lenvironnement Marin
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans | Year: 2011

Two eddies, one anticyclonic and the other cyclonic, intersected in the Subantarctic Zone south of South Africa during a hydrographic transect, are described using a large set of measurements including full depth hydrography, Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler velocities, biogeochemical tracers, air-sea fluxes and altimetric sea surface height. Both eddies have a subtropical origin. The anticyclone is an Agulhas ring with convected core water of ∼12°C, and swirl velocities of 1 m s-1. It was 9.5 months old when sampled and had crossed the Agulhas Ridge. Though sampled in summer, it was releasing ∼200 W m-2 (sensible plus latent heat flux) to the atmosphere. It was observed adjacent to the Subantarctic Front, illustrating the usual encounters of such structures with this front. The cyclone, marked by pronounced low oxygen and CFC anomalies revealing an origin at the continental slope, was 4.5 months old. It had swirl speeds of 0.3 m s-1, and was coupled with the anticyclone when observed. From their kinematics and water mass properties both structures were found to transport subtropical water down to ∼900 m, the water trapped below this depth being either from the northern Subantarctic Zone, or local water. The two structures illustrate the capacity of eddies in the region to transfer subtropical and alongslope water properties into the Subantarctic Zone. Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.

Berge J.,University of Tromsø | Berge J.,University Center in Svalbard | Daase M.,University of Tromsø | Renaud P.E.,University Center in Svalbard | And 39 more authors.
Current Biology | Year: 2015

The current understanding of Arctic ecosystems is deeply rooted in the classical view of a bottom-up controlled system with strong physical forcing and seasonality in primary-production regimes. Consequently, the Arctic polar night is commonly disregarded as a time of year when biological activities are reduced to a minimum due to a reduced food supply. Here, based upon a multidisciplinary ecosystem-scale study from the polar night at 79°N, we present an entirely different view. Instead of an ecosystem that has entered a resting state, we document a system with high activity levels and biological interactions across most trophic levels. In some habitats, biological diversity and presence of juvenile stages were elevated in winter months compared to the more productive and sunlit periods. Ultimately, our results suggest a different perspective regarding ecosystem function that will be of importance for future environmental management and decision making, especially at a time when Arctic regions are experiencing accelerated environmental change [1]. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.

Shelley R.U.,Laboratoire Des Science Of Lenvironnement Marin | Morton P.L.,Florida State University | Landing W.M.,Florida State University
Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography | Year: 2015

The North Atlantic receives the highest aerosol (dust) input of all the oceanic basins. Dust deposition provides essential bioactive elements, as well as pollution-derived elements, to the surface ocean. The arid regions of North Africa are the predominant source of dust to the North Atlantic Ocean. In this study, we describe the elemental composition (Li, Na, Mg, Al, P, Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Rb, Sr, Cd, Sn, Sb, Cs, Ba, La, Ce, Nd, Pb, Th, U) of the bulk aerosol from samples collected during the US-GEOTRACES North Atlantic Zonal Transect (2010/11) in order to highlight the differences between a Saharan dust end-member and the reported elemental composition of the upper continental crust (UCC), and the implications this has for identifying trace element enrichment in aerosols across the North Atlantic basin. As aerosol titanium (Ti) is less soluble than aerosol aluminum (Al), it is a more conservative tracer for lithogenic aerosols and trace element-to-Ti ratios. However, the presence of Ti-rich fine aerosols can confound the interpretation of elemental enrichments, making Al a more robust tracer of aerosol lithogenic material in this region. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Tran D.,University of Bordeaux 1 | Haberkorn H.,Laboratoire Des Science Of Lenvironnement Marin | Soudant P.,Laboratoire Des Science Of Lenvironnement Marin | Ciret P.,University of Bordeaux 1 | Massabuau J.-C.,University of Bordeaux 1
Aquaculture | Year: 2010

We describe the valve-activity behavior of oysters, Crassostrea gigas, exposed experimentally to the harmful alga Alexandrium minutum (≈ 3500 cell ml- 1) for 7-day periods under laboratory conditions. Our aim was to assess behavioral responses of oyster species during a mimicked bloom exposure. We determined different characteristic parameters of valve activity, such as daily valve opening duration, daily number of micro-closures, and valve-opening amplitude using a High Frequency-Non Invasive valvometer. In comparison with oysters exposed to non-toxic algae, T-Isochrysis or Heterocapsa triquetra, the valve activity of C. gigas is measurably different when exposed to toxic algae A. minutum. Surprisingly, daily valve-opening duration increased, as well as micro-closure activity, while valve-opening amplitude decreased. The response to A. minutum is fast, within 1 h after algae exposure. Following A. minutum exposure, recovery to control patterns was observed within 4-5 days. The behavioral alterations upon exposure to A. minutum can be thus used as a complementary physiological variable to other well-established physiological and biochemical measurements. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Vignier J.,Florida Gulf Coast University | Vignier J.,Laboratoire Des Science Of Lenvironnement Marin | Donaghy L.,Florida Gulf Coast University | Soudant P.,Laboratoire Des Science Of Lenvironnement Marin | And 7 more authors.
Marine Pollution Bulletin | Year: 2015

The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil platform resulted in large amounts of crude oil and dispersant Corexit 9500A® released into the Gulf of Mexico and coincided with the spawning season of the oyster, Crassostrea virginica. The effects of exposing gametes and embryos of C. virginica to dispersant alone (Corexit), mechanically (HEWAF) and chemically dispersed (CEWAF) DWH oil were evaluated. Fertilization success and the morphological development, growth, and survival of larvae were assessed. Gamete exposure reduced fertilization (HEWAF: EC201 h = 1650 μg tPAH50 L- 1; CEWAF: EC201 h = 19.4 μg tPAH50 L- 1; Corexit: EC201 h = 6.9 mg L- 1). CEWAF and Corexit showed a similar toxicity on early life stages at equivalent nominal concentrations. Oysters exposed from gametes to CEWAF and Corexit experienced more deleterious effects than oysters exposed from embryos. Results suggest the presence of oil and dispersant during oyster spawning season may interfere with larval development and subsequent recruitment. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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