PRIMARY PRODUCTIVITY IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY DURING THE SUMMER OF 1964.
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV BALTIMORE MD CHESAPEAKE BAY INST
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Primary production by the phytoplankton of the upper Chesapeake Bay averaged about 1.5 to 3.5 Cm-2 day Cm-1 during the summer of 1964. Production in the tributaries was generally less than the open bay. This level of primary productivity is about the same as has been noted for other estuaries during summer months. On an annual basis, the production would be higher since the spring bloom phenomenon was not included in these measurements. The technique was evaluated by a series of rate measurements and a precision estimate. The precision of the method was estimated at about 20. An endogenous physiological diurnal rhythm was noted but variations in photosynthetic capacity during the time of day that measurements were made was only about 25. The ecological significance of these observations is discussed. Author