Patterns in zooplankton biomass distribution in a Gulf Stream meander were documented using a ship-mounted acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) in fall 1988 as part of the BIOSYNOP program. The dominant signal in biomass was the regional variation between water masses, with greatest biomass recorded in the Slope Water, intermediate biomass at the Slope Water-Gulf Stream front, and lowest biomass in the Gulf Stream/Sargasso Sea. Biomass was more variable in the Slope Water than in the Sargasso Sea. Diel variation, a consequence of diel vertical migration, was also observed. Comprehensive maps of the surveyed region documented meander associated enhancement of zooplantkton biomass. Elevated biomasswas documented in the region downstream of the meander crest, where determined of Slope Water and convergence of flow are hypothezised to occur. The ADCP was demonstrated to be an effective means of documenting patterns in zooplankton biomass, including estimates of the variabiity (patchiness).
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Aquatic Science