Are Red Tides Correlated to Spring-Neap Tidal Mixing?: Use Of A Historical Record to Test Mechanisms Responsible for Dinoflagellate Blooms

  • W. M. Balch
Part of the Lecture Notes on Coastal and Estuarine Studies book series (COASTAL, volume 17)


Vertical mixing is generally considered to be one of the most influential factors affecting phytoplankton abundance in the ocean (Sverdrup, 1953; Gran and Braarud, 1935). Changes in both phytoplankton abundance and species composition are thought to occur as a function of turbulence (Margalef, 1978). Research has therefore been directed at the sources of water column turbulence in nature and how these sources affect phytoplankton community dynamics.


Tidal Range Spring Tide Internal Tide Lunar Cycle Lunar Phase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. M. Balch
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  1. 1.Institute of Marine Resources, A-018 Scripps Institution of Oceanography University of CaliforniaSan Diego La JollaUSA

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