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MARIN, Víctor H. e DELGADO, Luisa E.. S-CHLOROPHYLL SQUIRTS IN THE CHILEAN COAST: A SEAWIFS PERSPECTIVE. Gayana (Concepc.) [online]. 2004, vol.68, n.2, suppl., pp. 381-384. ISSN 0717-6538. doi: 10.4067/S0717-65382004000300012.
Squirts can be defined as one-way jets, transporting coastally upwelled water to the deep ocean and terminating in a counterrotating vortex pair. These mesoscale oceanographic structures can export coastal biological production up to 200 km offshore. We describe, based on the analysis of SeaWIFS images, a squirt located in the northern Chilean coast (30° S). Our results show that the spatial structure of the velocity field, and the hammerhead shape, agree with previous conceptual models. We used the circulation data, resulting from feature-tracking analysis, to estimate the offshore export of coastal carbon production. We conclude that squirts represent a net carbon exporting mechanism accounting for 5% to 12% of coastal carbon production