Marine Biology

, Volume 69, Issue 3, pp 247–252 | Cite as

Relation between surface chlorophyll, integrated chlorophyll and integrated primary production

  • T. L. Hayward
  • E. L. Venrick


The relationships between surface chlorophyll and integrated values of chlorophyll and primary production are examined in the California Current and the central North Pacific Ocean. In the California Current, surface chlorophyll is correlated with both integrated chlorophyll and integrated primary production, although there is considerable scatter in the relationships. In the central North Pacific, surface chlorophyll is not correlated with either integrated chlorophyll or integrated primary production. An analysis of closely spaced replicate casts shows that in both areas most of the scatter in the relations between surface values and integrated values is due to spatial or temporal changes in the relations themselves rather than measurement error. The use of surface chlorophyll or fluorescence values as indicators of the biological state of pelagic ecosystems should thus be applied with caution.


Chlorophyll Measurement Error Temporal Change Pacific Ocean Biological State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. L. Hayward
    • 1
  • E. L. Venrick
    • 1
  1. 1.Marine Life Research GroupScripps Institution of OceanographyLa JollaUSA

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