Biological and optical properties of mesoscale coccolithophore blooms in the Gulf of Maine

W. M. Balch, P. M. Holligan, S. G. Ackleson, Kenneth Voss

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Abstract

Two coccolithophore blooms in the Gulf of Maine were studied in 1988 and 1989. Each bloom was about 50 000 km2 in areas and confined to the top 20 m of the water column. Maximal cell concentrations were ~2000 cells ml-1 and coccolith densities of 3 × 105 ml-1 were observed. Chlorophyll concentrations were generally low within the bloom and no relation could be observed between major nutrients and coccolithophore abundance. The most accurate way to estimate coccolith concentrations via remote sensing is to measure water-leaving radiance in the green wavebands. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLimnology & Oceanography
Pages629-643
Number of pages15
Volume36
Edition4
StatePublished - 1991

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Balch, W. M., Holligan, P. M., Ackleson, S. G., & Voss, K. (1991). Biological and optical properties of mesoscale coccolithophore blooms in the Gulf of Maine. In Limnology & Oceanography (4 ed., Vol. 36, pp. 629-643)

Biological and optical properties of mesoscale coccolithophore blooms in the Gulf of Maine. / Balch, W. M.; Holligan, P. M.; Ackleson, S. G.; Voss, Kenneth.

Limnology & Oceanography. Vol. 36 4. ed. 1991. p. 629-643.

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Balch, WM, Holligan, PM, Ackleson, SG & Voss, K 1991, Biological and optical properties of mesoscale coccolithophore blooms in the Gulf of Maine. in Limnology & Oceanography. 4 edn, vol. 36, pp. 629-643.
Balch WM, Holligan PM, Ackleson SG, Voss K. Biological and optical properties of mesoscale coccolithophore blooms in the Gulf of Maine. In Limnology & Oceanography. 4 ed. Vol. 36. 1991. p. 629-643
Balch, W. M. ; Holligan, P. M. ; Ackleson, S. G. ; Voss, Kenneth. / Biological and optical properties of mesoscale coccolithophore blooms in the Gulf of Maine. Limnology & Oceanography. Vol. 36 4. ed. 1991. pp. 629-643
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