Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
Research article
21 Mar 2017
Research article |  | 21 Mar 2017

Observing and modelling phytoplankton community structure in the North Sea

David A. Ford, Johan van der Molen, Kieran Hyder, John Bacon, Rosa Barciela, Veronique Creach, Robert McEwan, Piet Ruardij, and Rodney Forster


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (19 Oct 2016) by Emilio Marañón
AR by David Ford on behalf of the Authors (20 Dec 2016)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (20 Dec 2016) by Emilio Marañón
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (11 Jan 2017)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (11 Jan 2017) by Emilio Marañón
AR by David Ford on behalf of the Authors (03 Feb 2017)  Manuscript 
Short summary
This study presents a novel set of in situ observations of phytoplankton community structure for the North Sea. These observations were used to validate two physical–biogeochemical ocean model simulations, each of which used different variants of the widely used European Regional Seas Ecosystem Model (ERSEM). The results suggest the ability of the models to reproduce the observed phytoplankton community structure was dependent on the details of the biogeochemical model parameterizations used.
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