Physical Processes and Zooplankton Distribution in the Great South Channel: Observational and Numerical Studies.
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This thesis addresses the question, How do small-scale physics and biology combine to produce dense aggregations of certain species of zooplankton in the Great South Channel GSC of the Gulf of Maine The thesis consists of three relatively independent parts an observational study made while following two right whales as they fed on dense patches of the copepod Calanus firmarchicus in the northern GSC a detailed description of a tightly integrated set of biological and physical observations made in the GSC by means of a new instrument, the Video Plankton Recorder VPR and a two-dimensional Eulerian numerical model that simulates one way in which a physical flow field, combined with a biological behavior pattern, may produce dense plankton patches at a convergent front.
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