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Continuous plankton records: Large-scale changes in the abundance of phytoplankton in the North Sea from 1958 to 1973
Reid, P.C. (1978). Continuous plankton records: Large-scale changes in the abundance of phytoplankton in the North Sea from 1958 to 1973. Rapp. et Proc.-Verb. Cons. Int. Explor. Mer 172: 384-389
In: Rapports et Procès-Verbaux des Réunions du Conseil Permanent International pour l'Exploration de la Mer. Conseil Permanent International pour l'Exploration de la Mer: Copenhague. ISSN 0074-4336, more

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Keywords
    Phytoplankton; Marine

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Abstract
    Patterns of changes in phytoplankton colour and phytoplankton species counts, sampled by the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) in the past sixteen years, appear to be widespread in the North Sea. Unexplained anomalies between phytoplankton colour and the species counts might possibly be caused by an increase in microflagellates. The extensive nature of these changes implies that they are unlikely to be related to pollution but are probably related to major climatic events that have taken place over the same period. A programme to examine changes in community structure and to extend the record back to 1931 by utilizing prewar CPR data is currently under way.

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