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Type: Journal article
Title: The influence of mixing on primary productivity: A unique application of classical critical depth theory
Author: Van Ruth, P.
Ganf, G.
Ward, T.
Citation: Progress in Oceanography, 2010; 85(3-4):224-235
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 0079-6611
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Paul D. van Ruth, George G. Ganf and Tim M. Ward
Abstract: Mixing and primary productivity was examined in upwelling influenced nearshore waters off south western Eyre Peninsula (SWEP) in the eastern Great Australian Bight (EGAB), the economically and ecologically important shelf region off southern Australia that forms part of the Southern and Indian oceans. Mixing/stratification in the region was highly temporally variable with a unique upwelling circulation in summer/autumn (November-April), and downwelling through winter/spring (May-September). Highest productivity was associated with upwelled/stratified water (up to 2958mgCm-2d-1), with low productivity during periods of downwelling and mixing (∼300-550mgCm-2d-1), yet no major variations in macro-nutrient concentrations were detected between upwelling and downwelling events (silica>1μmolL-1, nitrate/nitrite>0.4μmolL-1, phosphate>0.1μmolL-1). We hypothesise that upwelling enriches the region with micro-nutrients. High productivity off SWEP appears to be driven by a shallowing of mixed layer depth due to the injection of upwelled waters above Zcr. Low productivity follows the suppression of enrichment during downwelling/mixing events, and is exacerbated in winter/spring by low irradiances and short daylengths. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Rights: Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved
DOI: 10.1016/j.pocean.2010.03.002
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