Marine frontal zones are marine
'hot-spot' areas in terms of biodiversity at sea. We have documented, defined and
mapped frontal zones from CZCS data which we directly linked to marine biodiversity.
zones of the Danish
west coast have been
classed from CZCS
data and overlayed
data and Ship
survays (figure B).
577 CZCS scenes we composed an average situation from where it was possible to define
frontal zones based upon gradient of chlorophyll-like pigments/suspended material. The satellite
observed fronts where linked with avian data from 20 longer cruises carried out in the same
period - the co-occurrence of high biological presents and fronts is striking. The application can be
used in relation to definition of areas of high biodiversity in most part of the world - this include
definition of sensible fishing grounds.
SKOV, H., and
PRINS, E., (2001): The impact of frontal stability on the dispersal of piscivorous birds in the
Elbe estuary. Marine Ecology, progress series (1:36).
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