Growth and Phenomenology of Phytoplankton Thin Layers in the Gulf of Maine
MAINE UNIV AT WALPOLE DARLING MARINE CENTER
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Our overarching long-term goal is to understand what controls phytoplankton distribution, optical properties and production in the coastal ocean. Our project-specific goals were to understand the mechanisms responsible for the creation, maintenance and demise of subsurface phytoplankton layers in the Gulf of Maine and to determine the vertical distribution of toxigenic species of Alexandrium in the Gulf of Maine. The primary objectives of the past years work were 1 to continue to analyze data from the 2005 and 2006 field programs in the Gulf of Maine to better understand how the subsurface distributions of phytoplankton and suspended particles are controlled by light, nitrate and density structure over a broad range of hydrographic conditions and to understand how distributions of toxigenic species of Alexandrium in the Gulf of Maine are related to the overall distribution of bulk phytoplankton and hydrographic properties and 2 to prepare results for publication.
- Biological Oceanography
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods