Complex coastal oceanographic fields can be described by universal multifractals

Skákala, J; Smyth, TJ. 2015 Complex coastal oceanographic fields can be described by universal multifractals. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 120 (9). 6253-6265. 10.1002/2015JC011111

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Abstract/Summary

Characterization of chlorophyll and sea surface temperature (SST) structural heterogeneity using their scaling properties can provide a useful tool to estimate the relative importance of key physical and biological drivers. Seasonal, annual, and also instantaneous spatial distributions of chlorophyll and SST, determined from satellite measurements, in seven different coastal and shelf-sea regions around the UK have been studied. It is shown that multifractals provide a very good approximation to the scaling properties of the data: in fact, the multifractal scaling function is well approximated by universal multifractal theory. The consequence is that all of the statistical information about data structure can be reduced to being described by two parameters. It is further shown that also bathymetry scales in the studied regions as multifractal. The SST and chlorophyll multifractal structures are then explained as an effect of bathymetry and turbulence.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Subjects: Ecology and Environment
Marine Sciences
Oceanography
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine Biochemistry and Observations
Depositing User: Mrs Julia Crocker
Date made live: 04 Feb 2016 17:08
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:15
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/6809

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