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The seasonal cycle of nitrate in the Clyde Sea
Rippeth, T.P.; Jones, K.J. (1997). The seasonal cycle of nitrate in the Clyde Sea, in: Ruddick, K. Processes in regions of freshwater influence (PROFILE): selected papers from the 27th International Liège Colloquium on Ocean Hydrodynamics, held in Liège, Belgium, on May 8-12, 1995. Journal of Marine Systems, 12(Special Issue 1-4): pp. 299-310
In: Ruddick, K. (1997). Processes in regions of freshwater influence (PROFILE): selected papers from the 27th International Liège Colloquium on Ocean Hydrodynamics, held in Liège, Belgium, on May 8-12, 1995. Journal of Marine Systems, 12(Special Issue 1-4). Elsevier: The Netherlands. 1-326 pp., more
In: Journal of Marine Systems. Elsevier: Tokyo; Oxford; New York; Amsterdam. ISSN 0924-7963, more
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  • Rippeth, T.P.
  • Jones, K.J.

Abstract
    The Clyde Sea is a deep, partially enclosed basin on the West Coast of Scotland which communicates with the adjacent North Channel of the Irish Sea via exchange flow over a relatively shallow entrance sill. The basin receives large inputs of nutrient rich freshwater which induces a reduction in surface salinities of up to 1.5 psu and maintains almost continuous stratification. Time series data collected in the area show a well defined seasonal cycle of stratification which has previously been explained with the aid of a one-dimensional filling box model. This model has been extended to examine the extent to which the observed seasonal cycles of nitrate and chlorophyll can be explained by the stepwise inclusion of additional non-conservative terms. The results show that, as a result of the interaction between the physical and biological seasonal cycles, nitrate accumulates in the Clyde Sea during the summer, which is then supplied to the North Channel of the Irish Sea during the winter and spring.

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