Meso-scale Spatial Distribution of Plankton: Co-evolution of Concepts and Instrumentation

  • Alex Herman
  • Trevor Platt


It is a truism in oceanography that all processes operating at finer scale than the resolution of the sampling grid are suppressed or ignored, implicitly if not explicitly, by the observer. Conversely, if it is imperative that processes on a certain scale be studied, then the sampling grid has to be at least as fine-scaled as the scale of this process of interest. In physical oceanography, this view of the world was crystallized by Stommel (1963) some seventeen years ago.


Constant Depth Submersible Pump Sawtooth Pattern Continuous Plankton Recorder Zooplankton Distribution 
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