North Atlantic Oscillation and spring bloom phytoplankton composition in the English Channel

Xabier Irigoien*, Roger P. Harris, Robert N. Head, Derek Harbour

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Abstract

The spring phytoplankton composition has been investigated at a 50 m deep station off Plymouth in the English Channel for 6 years (1993-1999). The percentage of diatoms during the spring bloom was significantly correlated with the North Atlantic Oscillation index. A similar relationship between phytoplankton and North Atlantic Oscillation has also been found in a Swedish lake, suggesting a possible link between atmospheric forcing and phytoplankton composition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2367-2371
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Plankton Research
Volume22
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science

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