Articles | Volume 14, issue 22
Biogeosciences, 14, 5271–5280, 2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 5271–5280, 2017

Research article 28 Nov 2017

Research article | 28 Nov 2017

Tune in on 11.57 µHz and listen to primary production

Tom J. S. Cox et al.

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Photosynthesis by phytoplankton is a key source of oxygen (O2) in aquatic systems. We have developed a mathematical technique to calculate the rate of photosynthesis from time series of O2. Additionally, the approach leads to a better understanding of the influence on O2 measurements of the tides in coasts and estuaries. The results are important for correctly interpreting the data that are gathered by a growing set of continuous O2 sensors that are deployed around the world.
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