Vertical Mixing and Primary Production

  • John Marra
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 19)


Vertical mixing, by controlling the availability of substrates for phytoplankton growth (light, nutrients) is fundamental to the structure and dynamics of primary production in the sea. Its importance changes in kind depending on the level of resolution with which we wish to investigate the system, from determining overall patterns of productivity, to promoting the dominance of particular phytoplankton groups, and to affecting various cellular atrributes. From the perspective of phytoplankton growth (1,2), we can distinguish between phenomena at large scales wherein physical processes play a dominant role and smaller scales where features of the biology of plankton emerge. At these smaller scales we can expect phytoplankton growth characteristics and the dispersive effects of the fluid medium to affect the levels and local distribution of production together.


Photosynthetic Rate Mixed Layer Internal Wave Light Regime Light Environment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Marra
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  1. 1.Lamont-Doherty Geological ObservatoryPalisadesUSA

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