Seasonal Variability of the Southern Tip of the Oxygen Minimum Zone in the Eastern South Pacific (30°‐38°S): A Modeling Study

Type Article
Date 2019-12
Language English
Author(s) Pizarro-Koch Matias1, 2, 3, Pizarro OscarORCID2, 3, 4, Dewitte Boris5, 6, 7, 8, Montes IvonneORCID9, Ramos Marcel6, 7, 10, Paulmier Aurelien5, Garcon Veronique5
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Concepcion, Fac Ciencias Nat & Oceanog, Dept Oceanog, Programa Postgrad Oceanog, Concepcion, Chile.
2 : Millennium Inst Oceanog, Concepcion, Chile.
3 : Univ Concepcion, Ctr Invest Oceanog COPAS Sur Austral, Concepcion, Chile.
4 : Univ Concepcion, Dept Geophys, Concepcion, Chile.
5 : CEAZA, Coquimbo, Chile.
6 : Univ Catolica Norte, Fac Ciencias Mar, Dept Biol Marina, Coquimbo, Chile.
7 : Univ Catolica Norte, Nucleo Milenio Ecol & Manejo Sustentable Islas Oc, Coquimbo, Chile.
8 : LEGOS CNRS IRD UPS CNES, Toulouse, France.
9 : Inst Geofis Peru, Lima, Peru.
10 : Ctr Innovac Acuicola Aquapacif, Coquimbo, Chile.
Source Journal Of Geophysical Research-oceans (2169-9275) (Amer Geophysical Union), 2019-12 , Vol. 124 , N. 12 , P. 8574-8604
DOI 10.1029/2019JC015201
WOS© Times Cited 5
Keyword(s) Oxygen minimum zone, Eddy fluxes, Peru-Chile Undercurrent, Oxygen budget, Eastern South Pacific

We investigate the seasonal variability of the southern tip (30 degrees-38 degrees S) of the eastern South Pacific oxygen minimum zone (OMZ) based on a high horizontal resolution (1/12 degrees) regional coupled physical-biogeochemical model simulation. The simulation is validated by available in situ observations and the OMZ seasonal variability is documented. The model OMZ, bounded by the contour of 45 mu M, occupies a large volume (4.5x10(4) km(3)) during the beginning of austral winter and a minimum (3.5x10(4) km(3)) at the end of spring, just 1 and 2 months after the southward transport of the Peru-Chile Undercurrent (PCUC) is maximum and minimum, respectively. We showed that the PCUC significantly impacts the alongshore advection of dissolved oxygen (DO) modulating the OMZ seasonal variability. However, zonal transport of DO by meridionally alternating zonal jets and mesoscale eddy fluxes play also a major role in the seasonal and spatial variability of the OMZ. Consistently, a DO budget analysis reveals a significant contribution of advection terms to the rate of change of DO and the prominence of mesoscale variability within the seasonal cycle of these terms. Biogeochemical processes and horizontal and vertical mixing, associated with subgrid scale processes, play only a secondary role in the OMZ seasonal cycle. Overall, our study illustrates the interplay of mean and (mesoscale) eddy-induced transports of DO in shaping the OMZ and its seasonal cycle off Central Chile.

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Pizarro-Koch Matias, Pizarro Oscar, Dewitte Boris, Montes Ivonne, Ramos Marcel, Paulmier Aurelien, Garcon Veronique (2019). Seasonal Variability of the Southern Tip of the Oxygen Minimum Zone in the Eastern South Pacific (30°‐38°S): A Modeling Study. Journal Of Geophysical Research-oceans, 124(12), 8574-8604. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :