SS1.04 Small-scale Biophysical Coupling in Plankton Ecology
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2002
Time: 2:15:00 PM
Location: Esquimalt
 
FranksPJ, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla CA 92093-0218, USA, pfranks@ucsd.edu
 
Plankton Patchiness: Turbulent Transport, Spatial Spectra, and Continuum vs. Quantum
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In this talk I will expand on two main points affecting our interpretation of spatial structures and trophic interactions of plankton in small-scale (<1 m) turbulent fields. 1) Spatial spectral slopes in biological properties such as chlorophyll should be interpreted with caution. Few instruments are capable of measuring biological quantities over these small scales the scales of individual interactions among the plankton. Furthermore, most such instruments measure quantities along a 1D profile; data must be properly manipulated prior to comparing the spectral slopes to 3D theoretical models. 2) New instruments, gathering 2D or 3D data, clearly show the non-continuous