MEPS 345:27-39 (2007)  -  doi:10.3354/meps06970

Mapping plankton distribution in the Bay of Biscay during three consecutive spring surveys

L. Zarauz1,*, X. Irigoien1, A. Urtizberea2, M. Gonzalez1

1Marine Research Division, AZTI Foundation, Herrera Kaia Portualdea, z/g 20110, Pasaia (Guipuzkoa), Spain
2Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Høyteknologisenteret, PB 7800, 5020 Bergen, Norway

ABSTRACT: Nano-microplankton biomass, mesozooplankton biomass and hydrographic features were measured with mesoscale spatial resolution during 3 surveys in the Bay of Biscay between March and June 2004. Regions of high plankton biomass were associated with mesoscale physical structures. Generalized additive models (GAMs) based upon surface salinity, surface temperature and stratification of the water column explained 83% of the variability in nano-microplankton biomass distributions, 67% for small mesozooplankton, and 41% for large mesozooplankton. The results show that when biological and physical data are collected at the relevant spatial scales, nano-microplankton and small mesozooplankton biomass distributions can be largely explained using simple hydrographic variables and non-parametric regression models.


KEY WORDS: Plankton biomass · Hydrography · Generalized additive models · GAM · Image analysis · Size spectra


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Cite this article as: Zarauz L, Irigoien X, Urtizberea A, Gonzalez M (2007) Mapping plankton distribution in the Bay of Biscay during three consecutive spring surveys. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 345:27-39

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