Continental Shelf Embayments of the Eastern Margin of the Philippines: Lamon Bay stratification

Lead PI: Professor Arnold L. Gordon

Unit Affiliation: Ocean and Climate Physics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

January 2010 - December 2013
Asia ; Philippines
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: Long-term goals are to investigate the circulation, stratification and the Shelf-Slope interaction, and the resultant ocean productivity, within embayments of the eastern coast of the Philippines. The primary objective is to quantify the spatial and temporal ocean processes associated with Lamon Bay, a large embayment of the east coast of Luzon (Figure 1). Lamon Bay extends from the Catanduanes Island from which the irregular coastline runs east-west, spotted with many coral reefs and rich fishing grounds. At the western end is Polillo Island, where interesting ocean color features have been noted. North of Polillo the shelf runs north-south and narrows substantially, with the steep drop into the deep ocean within 10 km of the coast, marking the northern limits of Lamon bay.


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