Biological processes in the water column of the South Atlantic Bight: Zooplankton responses
This study sought to determine and understand the major processes governing the abundance, distribution, composition and eventual fate of zooplankton on the southeastern shelf of the US in relation to water circulation. Over much of the shelf circulation is dominated by the Gulf Stream and/or atmospheric forcing. Most of our studies concentrated on processes on the middle and outer shelf. On the latter, pronounced biological production occurs year-round at frequent intervals and is due to Gulf Stream eddies which move by at an average frequency of one every week. These eddies are rich in nutrients which, when upwelled into the euphoric zone, lead to pronounced primary production which then triggers zooplankton production.
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- Technical Report
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- Skidaway Inst. of Oceanography, Savannah, GA (United States)
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- DOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
- Country of Publication:
- United States
- 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; SOUTH ATLANTIC BIGHT; BASELINE ECOLOGY; ZOOPLANKTON; ECOLOGY; PREDATOR-PREY INTERACTIONS; PROGRESS REPORT; SEASONAL VARIATIONS; AQUATIC ORGANISMS; ATLANTIC OCEAN; DOCUMENT TYPES; PLANKTON; SEAS; SURFACE WATERS; VARIATIONS 540310* -- Environment, Aquatic-- Basic Studies-- (1990-)
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