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Agulhas & Benguela

The Agulhas Current sluices oligotrophic water from the tropics southward along Africa's east coast while upwelling along the northward flowing Benguela Current supports high phytoplankton concentrations off the west coast. Ocean-color scientists now seek to use satellite data not just for the estimation of chlorophyll concentration, but also to begin to tease out different phytoplankton functional types and different size classes.

Click on the above Suomi-NPP/VIIRS image collected on February 5, 2018 to get a larger version.