Physical Exchange and the Dynamics of Phytoplankton in Scottish Sea-Lochs

  • Paul Tett
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 7)


Freshwater inflows and salinity distributions were used with a single-box model to estimate the effects of exchange on the dynamics of phytoplankton populations in 5 Scottish fjordic sea-lochs. Results suggest that although growth can substantially exceed losses within a loch, these processes are in most cases in rough balance, with little net export of primary production.


Exchange Rate Phytoplankton Biomass Freshwater Inflow Small Basin Tidal Exchange 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Tett
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  1. 1.Dunstaffnage Marine Research LaboratoryScottish Marine Biological AssociationOban, ArgyllScotland

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