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dc.contributor.authorJi, Rubao
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Cabell S.
dc.contributor.authorChen, Changsheng
dc.contributor.authorTownsend, David W.
dc.contributor.authorMountain, David G.
dc.contributor.authorBeardsley, Robert C.
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-28T19:25:29Z
dc.date.available2010-04-28T19:25:29Z
dc.date.issued2007-12-28
dc.identifier.citationGeophysical Research Letters 34 (2007): L24607en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1912/3352
dc.descriptionAuthor Posting. © American Geophysical Union, 2007. This article is posted here by permission of American Geophysical Union for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Geophysical Research Letters 34 (2007): L24607, doi:10.1029/2007GL032010.en_US
dc.description.abstractClimate change-induced freshening of the ocean can enhance vertical stratification and alter circulation patterns in ways that influence phytoplankton dynamics. We examined the timing of spring phytoplankton blooms and the magnitude of net primary productivity in the Nova Scotian Shelf (NSS) - Gulf of Maine (GoM) region with respect to seasonal and interannual changes in surface water freshening from 1998 to 2006. The general pattern of temporal westward progression of the phytoplankton bloom corresponds with the gradient of increasing sea surface salinity from the NSS in the east to the western GoM. Increased freshening enhances the spatial gradients in bloom timing by stimulating earlier blooms upstream (NSS), but it has less impact downstream (the western GoM). Strong spatial gradients (increasing westward) of mean chlorophyll concentration and net primary productivity during post-bloom months (May–June) indicate that lower sea surface salinity upstream can likely impede nutrient fluxes from deep water and therefore affect overall productivity.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipWe thank NSF grant OCE-0727033 and NOAA grant NA17RJ1223 to RJ, CSD and RCB, NSF grants OCE- 0606612 and OCE-0726577 to DWT, and NSF grants OCE-0606928 and OCE-0726851 to CC.en_US
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dc.publisherAmerican Geophysical Unionen_US
dc.relation.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2007GL032010
dc.subjectOcean fresheningen_US
dc.subjectPhytoplankton bloomen_US
dc.subjectPrimary productivityen_US
dc.titleInfluence of ocean freshening on shelf phytoplankton dynamicsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1029/2007GL032010


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