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Influence of interannual climatic fluctuations on biological systems

Naturevolume 256pages302305 (1975) | Download Citation



GROWTH of conifers in western North America and the distribution of albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga) along the west coast of North America are linked by large scale atmospheric flow patterns which are influenced by air–sea interaction processes over the eastern North Pacific. Although the systems respond to their respective environments during different times of the year there is strong evidence that they are reacting to the same climatic fluctuations.

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  1. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries Center, La Jolla, California, 92037

    • N. E. CLARK
  2. Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 85721

    • T. J. BLASING
    •  & H. C. FRITTS


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