Community characterization of two Atlantic seamounts. First steps into addressing the influence of the Mediterranean Outflow Water (MOW)
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Autor/esSantana, Y. (Yaiza); Gutiérrez-Zárate, C. (Cristina); Carreiro-Silva, M. (Marina); Rivera, J. (Jesús); Morato, T. (Telmo); Domínguez-Carrió, C. (Carlos); Sampaio, Í. (Íris); Vélez-Belchí, P. (Pedro); Ramos, M. (Manuela); Taranto, G. (Gerald); Mosquera-Giménez, A. (Ángela); Bilan, M. (Meri); Gori, A. (Andrea); Orejas, C. (Covadonga)
An important goal of the ATLAS project is to improve our understanding of the ocean transport pathways and connectivity of water masses at basin and regional scales relevant for benthic marine ecosystems. The MEDWAVES cruise (21st September-26th October, 2016) aimed to better understand the characteristics of the Mediterranean Outflow Water (MOW) and its potential influence in the occurrence, composition and distribution of deep-sea benthic communities from the Mediterranean to the Azores. Among the geomorphological features targeted in MEDWAVES, two Atlantic seamounts were included: Ormonde (Portuguese continental shelf) and Formigas Bank (close to the Azores Archipelago). During MEDWAVES, the geomorphology and oceanography of the areas was characterised. Further submarine video transects were conducted by means of a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The transects were performed in the different flanks of the seamounts aiming to characterise the benthic communities considering different ...
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