Peru or Humboldt Current Environmental Science Studies
Subject: Environmental studies
Topic: The Peru Current (also known as the Humboldt Current)
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION / STRUCTURE: In figure 9.1.2 of Introduction to Oceanography by Paul Webb (2020): Choose a current and do some research. – Chosen current: (The Peru/Humboldt Current). -While researching the Humboldt Current System take note on the following: (Subtropical gyre, equatorial undercurrent, Peru-Chile undercurrent, oxygen minimum zone, three different kinds of upwelling, etc. found on Wikipedia). –
Describe Physical Features of Humboldt Current. – Describe chemical features of Humboldt Current. – Describe biological features of Humboldt Current. – Describe what type of current it is: (Largest upwelling system in the world: Eastern boundary current / cold ocean current with low salinity. Flows in the north-west direction along the coast of South America).
Describe what drives the circulation: (Driven by strong winds which displace the warm and nutrient poor surface water, allowing the cold Antarctic waters to rise to the surface, causing upwelling). – Describe what the vertical and horizontal patterns of circulation is in the Peru Continent: (Ekman transport: Ekman suction or ‘upwelling’ and Ekman pumping ‘downwelling’ … Influence of Coriolis effect).
Describe influence of El Nino on the productivity of the Humboldt Current System.
Explain some of the creatures that live in this area (or specifically in the current if they are planktonic drifters. We already know that ocean currents play a key role in determining how the ocean distributes heat energy throughout the planet and can regulate and stabilize climate patterns).
Did you learn anything about the Humboldt Current System that is important for global scale phenomena?
What is the closest marine sanctuary or protected area near the Humboldt Current? WRITTEN SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS – 2-4 pages in length (not including the title and reference page).
Minimum of 2 academic resources (in addition to textbook). – 12 pt. Times New Roman – APA Format