Articles | Volume 14, issue 9
Research article
10 May 2017
Research article |  | 10 May 2017

Analytical solution of the nitracline with the evolution of subsurface chlorophyll maximum in stratified water columns

Xiang Gong, Wensheng Jiang, Linhui Wang, Huiwang Gao, Emmanuel Boss, Xiaohong Yao, Shuh-Ji Kao, and Jie Shi


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (29 Dec 2016) by Jack Middelburg
AR by Xiang Gong on behalf of the Authors (31 Mar 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (04 Apr 2017) by Jack Middelburg
Short summary
The subsurface chlorophyll maximum layer (SCML) forms near the nitracline. By incorporating a piecewise function for the approximate Gaussian vertical profile of chlorophyll, we derive analytical solutions of a specified nutrient–phytoplankton model. Nitracline depth is deeper than SCML depth, and a thinner SCML corresponds to a steeper nitracline. A higher light attenuation coefficient leads to a shallower but steeper nitracline. Nitracline steepness is independent of surface light intensity.
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