Accession Number : ADA573560
Title : Drivers of Plankton Patch Formation, Persistence and Decline in East Sound, Orcas Island, Washington
Descriptive Note : Annual rept.
Corporate Author : RHODE ISLAND UNIV NARRAGANSETT GRADUATE SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY
Personal Author(s) : Menden-Deuer, Susanne
Report Date : 30 Sep 2012
Pagination or Media Count : 11
Abstract : Localized concentrations of plankton (i.e. patches) alter the optical and acoustical properties of the water column and can have significant ramifications for the ecological dynamics of marine communities. The goal of this research is to develop a mechanistic understanding and predictive capability of the relative importance of biological in the formation, persistence, and decline of plankton patches. This goal is addressed by concurrent characterization of physical water column structure, advective fluid flow, and plankton population rates of growth and grazing.
Descriptors : *PLANKTON , ADVECTION , COASTAL REGIONS , CONCENTRATION(COMPOSITION) , ECOLOGY , FLUID FLOW , POPULATION
Subject Categories : Biological Oceanography
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE