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Environmental influences on long-term variability in marine plankton
Colebrook, J.M. (1986). Environmental influences on long-term variability in marine plankton, in: Heip, C.H.R. et al. (1987). Long-term changes in coastal benthic communities: proceedings of a symposium, held in Brussels, Belgium, December 9-12, 1985. Developments in Hydrobiology, 38: pp. 309-325
In: Heip, C.H.R.; Keegan, B.F.; Lewis, J.R. (1987). Long-term changes in coastal benthic communities: proceedings of a symposium, held in Brussels, Belgium, December 9-12, 1985. Reprinted from Hydrobiologia, vol. 142. Developments in Hydrobiology, 38. W. Junk Publishers: Dordrecht. ISBN 90-6193-637-3. XV1, 340 pp., more
In: Dumont, H.J. (Ed.) Developments in Hydrobiology. Kluwer Academic/Springer: The Hague; London; Boston; Dordrecht. ISSN 0167-8418, more

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  • Colebrook, J.M. (1986). Environmental influences on long-term variability in marine plankton. Hydrobiologia 142: 309-325, more

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Abstract
    The major patterns of geographical and seasonal variability of the plankton of the north-east Atlantic and the North Sea are described to provide the background to a presentation of the dominant patterns of year-to-year fluctuations in the abundance of the plankton of the area for the period 1948 to 1984. A feature of the variability is a marked similarity both between species and between areas. The main pattern of year-to-year change has the form of a quasi linear downward trend in abundance with, superimposed on this, an element of variability with a periodicity of about three years. There is a complex relationship between the plankton and an estimate of changes in the frequency of westerly weather which can be interpreted in terms of influences acting over limited periods of the seasonal cycle coupled with persistence in the stocks of zooplankton. Relationships between year-to-year variations in the abundance of phytoplankton and zooplankton can be interpreted in terms of a response by the zooplankton to variations in food supply coupled with feed-back to the phytoplankton involving in situ nutrient regeneration.

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