The North Atlantic spring phytoplankton bloom and Sverdrup's critical depth hypothesis.

  title={The North Atlantic spring phytoplankton bloom and Sverdrup's critical depth hypothesis.},
  author={David A. Siegel and Scott C Doney and James A. Yoder},
  volume={296 5568},
More than 50 years ago, Harald Sverdrup developed a simple model for the necessary conditions leading to the spring bloom of phytoplankton. Although this model has been used extensively across a variety of aquatic ecosystems, its application requires knowledge of community compensation irradiance (IC), the light level where photosynthetic and ecosystem community loss processes balance. However, reported IC values have varied by an order of magnitude. Here, IC estimates are determined using… CONTINUE READING
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