|Model simulations of conditions suitable for the establishment of Enteromorpha sp. (Chlorophyta) macroalgal mats|
Öberg, J. (2005). Model simulations of conditions suitable for the establishment of Enteromorpha sp. (Chlorophyta) macroalgal mats. Mar. Biol. Res. 1(2): 97-106
In: Marine Biology Research. Taylor & Francis: Oslo; Basingstoke. ISSN 1745-1000, more
Models; Nitrogen; Shallow water; Enteromorpha Link, 1820 [WoRMS]; Marine
Floating mats of algae regularly appear in shallow bays in many coastal areas around the world. This paper presents a model that simulates the growth of ephemeral macroalgae in shallow bays, and interprets the growth according to physical and biological prerequisites. Model runs emphasized the role of internal nutrient cycling to provide the enhanced nutrient availability needed to ensure abundant growth of macroalgae. Thus, the presence of macroalgae, as well as long water residence times, influenced the nutrient cycling in the bay to support further growth of macroalgal mats.