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Modelling annual cycles of primary production in different regions of the Bohai Sea

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The Bohai Sea is a typical shallow sea in which the average depth of water is about 18 m, and which has a rich biodiversity and abundance of marine life. The values of primary production differ among the four different regions of the Bohai Sea. A biological model consisting of nutrients, phytoplankton, zooplankton and detritus is used to simulate the annual cycles of plankton and primary production in these four regions. The simulation is forced by monthly observational data. Water transparency, nutrient concentrations, temperature and incident irradiance influence the amount and variation of plankton and primary production. The model simulations indicate that transparency and nutrient concentration are the principal causes of the differences in primary production among the four regions of the Bohai Sea.
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Keywords: Bohai Sea; modelling; primary production

Document Type: Original Article

Affiliations: Institute of Physical Oceanography, Ocean University of Qingdao, Qingdao, 266003, P. R. China

Publication date: 1998-12-01

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