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dc.contributor.author McPhee-Shaw, Erika E. en
dc.contributor.author Nielsen, Karina J. en
dc.contributor.author Largier, John L. en
dc.contributor.author Menge, Bruce A. en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-27T20:13:59Z en
dc.date.available 2011-06-29T20:13:59Z en
dc.date.issued 2011-01 en
dc.identifier.citation McPhee-Shaw, E.E., K.J. Nielsen, J.L. Largier & B.A. Menge. 2011. Nearshore chlorophyll a events and wave-driven transport. Geophysical Research Letters 38 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.1/875 en
dc.description Published by and copyright of the American Geophysical Union en
dc.description.abstract Continuous records of temperature and chlorophyll- a [chl- a] fluorescence were used to characterize phytoplankton variability at two shallow intertidal stations on the northern California coast. Chl- a records from spring and summer 2007 and 2008 were characterized by distinct peaks persisting for 1.5 to five days. These peaks represent bloom events, which often coincided between the two sites even though they are separated by ∼150 km. Blooms did not appear to be directly forced by individual upwelling episodes. While some events were associated with reversals of upwelling-favorable winds, there was a stronger relationship between chl- a peaks and peaks in surface swell height. This relationship was dominant in spring and early summer, but no longer evident by July. We suggest that these nearshore chl- a peaks are an accumulation of phytoplankton caused by convergence of onshore wave transport against the impermeable coastal boundary. Scaling arguments show this mechanism to be consistent with observed chl- a increase rates. This mechanism has not been previously considered as a forcing for blooms at rocky coasts, and it may have significant implications for understanding coastal productivity, larval dispersal, and nearshore water quality. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Geophysical Research Letters en
dc.subject coastal dynamics en
dc.subject phytoplankton en
dc.subject waves en
dc.title Nearshore Chlorophyll-a Events and Wave-Driven Transport en
dc.type Article en
dc.relation.journal Geophysical Research Letters en
dc.contributor.sonomaauthor Nielsen, Karina J. en

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