A seasonal study of the distribution of surface state variables in Liverpool Bay. VI. Autumn

P. Foster, D. Voltolina, J. Beardall

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Abstract

Physical, chemical, and phytoplankton distributions observed in Liverpool Bay during September 1977, are described. The cruise coincided with the autumnal inversion between fresh and sea-water temperatures. Compared with previous observations during the year the density regime within the Bay was one of considerable simplicity. The sharp density discontinuity separating the offshore and coastal waters had disappeared and there was little evidence of either thermal or saline induced stratification. Primary physical, nutrient, and phytoplankton data nevertheless presented a matrix of considerable complexity. Inter-characteristic relationships demarcated and characterized three distinct areas of development; the offshore waters, the coastal waters and, between them, a spatially extensive water type retaining vestiges of the situation prevailing during the summer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-79
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Volume77
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 1984

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