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Flow cytometric determinations of North Sea phytoplankton optical properties
Ackleson, S.G.; Robins, D.B. (1990). Flow cytometric determinations of North Sea phytoplankton optical properties. Neth. J. Sea Res. 25(1-2): 11-18
In: Netherlands Journal of Sea Research. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ): Groningen; Den Burg. ISSN 0077-7579, more
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  • Ackleson, S.G.
  • Robins, D.B.

Abstract
    The optical properties of North Sea phytoplankton (refractive index and fluorescence-specific scattering) were measured using flow cytometry in July 1987 during a research cruise sponsored by the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Environmental Research Council of the UK. Refractive index and associated size distributions of chlorophyll-containing cells were quite broad and did not provide unique descriptions of North Sea water masses. Fluorescence-specific scattering was found to increase within northern and central North Sea waters. AVHRR channel 1 data from satellite overpasses prior to and during the initial stages of the cruise indicate that a large coccolithophore bloom was developing within the northern portion of the North Sea and within Norwegian coastal waters. This bloom may account for the large values of fluorescence-specific scattering.

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