The spatial and temporal structure of hydrographic and phytoplankton biomass heterogeneity along the Catalan coast (NW Mediterranean)

M. Maso, Carlos Duarte

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Abstract

Temporal chlorophyll variability was highly seasonal, but horizontal biomass variability was related to hydrographic variability, as evidenced by significant correlations with temperature and salinity. The strength of chlorophyll-salinity correlations changed according to the extent of riverine influences within the area, but significant correlations were always negative, indicating enhanced phytoplankton growth due to river runoff. Temperature-chlorophyll correlations changed seasonally, from highly positive in early summer to negative by late summer. Horizontal biomass patterns were dominated by an onshore-offshore decrease, which were altered by modifications of water circulation associated with topographic features. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)813-827
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Marine Research
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography

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