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Title: Responses of Phytoplankton Communities to Environmental Variability in the East China Sea
Authors: Liu X
W Xiao
M. R. Landry
K-P Chiang
L Wang
B-Q Huang
Contributors: 國立臺灣海洋大學:海洋觀光管理學士學位學程(學系)
Date: 2016-04
Issue Date: 2018-08-22T01:44:00Z
Publisher: Ecosystem
Abstract: Abstract: We investigated seasonal and spatial patterns of phytoplankton variability in the East China Sea in order to understand biomass and compositional responses to environmental factors in the contemporary ocean. We used satellite imagery from 2002 to 2013 to define the mean seasonal climatology of sea surface temperature and chlorophyll a. Phytoplankton and environmental measurements were synthesized for the study region and four seasons from 11 cruises conducted from 2006 to 2012. The results of CHEMTAX analyses on group-specific phytoplankton composition were consistent with those of microscopy and flow cytometry observations, revealing three patterns of seasonal variability. Canonical Correspondence Analysis (CCA) and Generalized Additive Models (GAMs) were used to resolve the spatiotemporal variations of major phytoplankton groups and their relationships to month, temperature, salinity, nutrients, mixed-layer depth and bottom depth. Monsoon forcing drove the distributional patterns of environmental factors and was critical to explaining phytoplankton dynamics at the seasonal scale. Compared to autumn and winter, significantly higher chlorophyll a concentrations were observed during spring and summer, associated with the spring bloom and the Changjiang (Yangtze) River plume, respectively. Diatoms dominated biomass over the East China Sea, especially during the summer months influenced by the Changjiang (Yangtze) River plume, whereas dinoflagellates were especially important during spring blooms. GAMs analysis showed the differences in their responses to environmental variability, with a clear mid-range salinity optimum (~ 31) and a more pronounced temperature effect for dinoflagellates. The photosynthetic bacteria, Prochlorococccus and Synechococcus, both increased strongly with warming, but Prochlorococcus showed stronger sensitivity to variations in physical environmental parameters, while Synechococcus was more responsive to chemical (nutrient) variability, with broader tolerance of low salinity conditions.
Relation: 19 pp.832-849
URI: http://ntour.ntou.edu.tw:8080/ir/handle/987654321/48282
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