Inland Water Biology

, 4:301

Long-term dynamics of Lake Baikal pelagic phytoplankton under climate change

Phytoplankton, Phytobenthos, and Phytoperiphyton

DOI: 10.1134/S1995082911030102

Cite this article as:
Izmest’eva, L.R., Silow, E.A. & Litchman, E. Inland Water Biol (2011) 4: 301. doi:10.1134/S1995082911030102


The effect that climate change in the Lake Baikal region has on the state of the lake plankton is discussed. The increase in water temperature in the photic layer and chlorophyll a content during direct stratification is demonstrated with the use of a database containing the results of plankton observations from 1951 to 2000. The number of small-cell algae belonging to the summer complex seems to increase, while the number of endemic large cell algae developing under the ice is characterized by negative trends.


phytoplankton chlorophyll a Lake Baikal climate change 

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© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. R. Izmest’eva
    • 1
  • E. A. Silow
    • 1
  • E. Litchman
    • 2
  1. 1.Scientific Research Institute of BiologyIrkutsk State UniversityIrkutsk-3Russia
  2. 2.Michigan State UniversityHickory CornersUSA

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