Marine Biology

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 169-177

First online:

Simulation model for wind-driven summer phytoplankton dynamics in Auke Bay, Alaska

  • R. L. IversonAffiliated withDepartment of Oceanography, Florida State University
  • , H. C. CurlJr.Affiliated withSchool of Oceanography, Oregon State University
  • , J. L. SaugenAffiliated withDepartment of Electrical Engineering, Oregon State University

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A model was developed for use in simulating effects of short-term wind-mixing of the water column on estuarine phytoplankton dynamics. Simulation results, using parameter values estimated from field data, exhibited maxima observed in phytoplankton standing crop over a summer in Auke Bay, Alaska. Short-term wind-mixing of the water column can be important in determining the time of occurrence of phytoplankton community productivity pulses in deep estuaries.