Gradient Analysis of Phytoplankton Productivity and Chemical Parameters in Polluted and Other Nearshore Habitats.
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Measurements of primary productivity, chlorophyll standing crop, and nutrient concentrations were made along a gradient of five nearshore habitats, a seaward transect, and a longshore transect to determine environmental relationships. The effects of municipal sewer outfalls, type of shoreline, and degree of exposure to high winter seas were found to be dramatic. The behavior of nutrient ratios suggest their use as pollution tracers in certain circumstances. The ratios of productivity to chlorophyll demonstrated physiological regimes among the phytoplankton in the sampling area. Comparison of data with carbon monoxide and methane concentrations provided a possible correlation between phytoplankton productivity and carbon monoxide production. Author
- Biological Oceanography
- Water Pollution and Control