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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-905-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-905-2015
Research article
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16 Feb 2015
Research article |  | 16 Feb 2015

Steady-state solutions for subsurface chlorophyll maximum in stratified water columns with a bell-shaped vertical profile of chlorophyll

X. Gong, J. Shi, H. W. Gao, and X. H. Yao

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Analytical solutions indicate that subsurface chlorophyll maximum (SCM) occurs at or below the depth of optimal growth of phytoplankton, and the depth of SCM layer deepens logarithmically with an increase in surface light intensity; thickness and intensity of the SCM layer are mainly affected by nutrient supply, but independent of surface light intensity; intensity of the SCM strengthens as a result of this layer being shrunk by a higher light attenuation coefficient or a large sinking velocity
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