Effects of climatic variability on phytoplankton community structure and bloom development in the eutrophic, microtidal, New River Estuary, North Carolina, USA

  • Hall N
  • Paerl H
  • Peierls B
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Abstract

The roles of climatically driven freshwater flow, nutrient loading, and temperature on phytoplankton community biomass and composition were examined along a downstream transect within the New River Estuary, North Carolina from 2007 to 2010. This microtidal system has a history of eutrophication symptoms, including harmful algal blooms. Riverine discharge strongly controlled nutrient loading to the estuary. Except during very high flow conditions, loads were generally assimilated near the head of the estuary and low concentrations of dissolved inorganic nitrogen and phosphate,

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  • Climate
  • Community composition
  • Estuary
  • Eutrophication
  • Flushing time
  • Phytoplankton bloom

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Authors

  • Nathan S. Hall

  • Hans W. Paerl

  • Benjamin L. Peierls

  • Anthony C. Whipple

  • Karen L. Rossignol

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