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Marine Ecosystems and Climate VariationThe North Atlantic: A Comparative Perspective$
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Nils Chr. Stenseth, Geir Ottersen, James W. Hurrell, and Andrea Belgrano

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198507499

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198507499.001.0001

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Climatic Fluctuations and Marine Systems: A General Itroduction to the Ecological Effects

Climatic Fluctuations and Marine Systems: A General Itroduction to the Ecological Effects

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(p.3) CHAPTER 1 Climatic Fluctuations and Marine Systems: A General Itroduction to the Ecological Effects
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Marine Ecosystems and Climate Variation
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Geir Ottersen

Nils Chr. Stenseth

James W. Hurrell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198507499.003.0001

This introductory chapter begins with a brief account of the Atlantic as a whole and how it is linked to other oceans, before focusing on the main currents and hydrography of the North Atlantic. This is followed by a brief account of some of the main circulation patterns in the world's oceans and the role of large-scale climate variability. It provides an overview of oceanographic processes that are believed to be of particular importance to marine ecology. Finally, examples are presented to illustrate how diverse the responses of ecology are to atmospheric and ocean climate variability.

Keywords:   climate change, climate variability, ecological response, North Atlantic Oscillation, Ocean circulation, physical processes, marine life, marine ecology

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