Inland Water Biology

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 312–318 | Cite as

Phytoplankton primary production in the Neva Estuary at the turn of the 21st century

Phytoplankton, Phytobenthos, and Phytoperiphyton


A review of data on the phytoplankton primary production in the Neva Estuary for the period of 1980–2000 is presented. The dynamics of primary production is affected by a complex estuarine geomorphology, geochemical boundaries, reconstitution and sedimentation processes, and deep currents. The maximal primary production is usually observed for the areas of the geochemical boundaries in the central part of the Neva Estuary. A positive correlation was found for the concentration of mineral particulate matter and concentration of total phosphorus. The increase in the anthropogenic load has a significant impact on the trophic status of the estuary.

Key words

primary production euthrophication micronutrients geochemical boundaries reconstitution the Neva Estuary the Baltic Sea 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zoological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia

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