Articles | Volume 19, issue 9
Biogeosciences, 19, 2417–2426, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2417-2022
Biogeosciences, 19, 2417–2426, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2417-2022
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The onset of the spring phytoplankton bloom in the coastal North Sea supports the Disturbance Recovery Hypothesis

Ricardo González-Gil et al.

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Scottish Coastal Observatory – Stonehaven site data Marine Scotland Science https://doi.org/10.7489/610-1

The Scottish Coastal Observatory 1997-2013. Part 2 – Description of Scotland's Coastal Waters E. Bresnan, K. Cook, J. Hindson, S. Hughes, J.-P. Lacaze, P. Walsham, L. Webster, and W. R. Turrell https://doi.org/10.7489/1881-1

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The onset of the spring phytoplankton bloom in the coastal North Sea supports the Disturbance Recovery Hypothesis Ricardo González-Gil, Neil S. Banas, Eileen Bresnan, and Michael R. Heath https://doi.org/10.5446/56983

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In oceanic waters, the accumulation of phytoplankton biomass in winter, when light still limits growth, is attributed to a decrease in grazing as the mixed layer deepens. However, in coastal areas, it is not clear whether winter biomass can accumulate without this deepening. Using 21 years of weekly data, we found that in the Scottish coastal North Sea, the seasonal increase in light availability triggers the accumulation of phytoplankton biomass in winter, when light limitation is strongest.
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