Articles | Volume 14, issue 5
Biogeosciences, 14, 1235–1259, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-1235-2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 1235–1259, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-1235-2017

Research article 14 Mar 2017

Research article | 14 Mar 2017

Spring phytoplankton communities of the Labrador Sea (2005–2014): pigment signatures, photophysiology and elemental ratios

Glaucia M. Fragoso et al.

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Spring phytoplankton communities of the Labrador Sea (2005-2014): pigment signatures, photophysiology and elemental ratios G. M. Fragoso, A. J. Poulton, I. M. Yashayaev, E. J. H. Head, and D. A. Purdie https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.871872

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This research describes a detailed analysis of current distributions of spring phytoplankton communities in the Labrador Sea based on 10 years of observations. Phytoplankton community composition varied mainly according to the contrasting hydrographical zones of the Labrador Sea. The taxonomic distinctions of these communities influenced the photosynthetic and biochemical signatures of near-surface waters, which may have a profound impact on the carbon cycle in high-latitude seas.
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