Relationships between Atmospheric Precipitation, Evaporation, Temperature, and Production of Aquatic Ecosystems

Author: Kitaev, S.P.

Source: Water Resources, Volume 29, Number 1, January 2002 , pp. 90-94(5)

Publisher: MAIK Nauka/Interperiodica

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The average production capacity of aquatic ecosystems is shown to be proportional to the coefficient of variations of substance concentrations in atmospheric precipitation and the sum of effective temperatures. The values of ichthyomass and primary production of phytoplankton per 1°C of the sum of effective temperatures multiplied by the coefficient of variations of substance concentration in atmospheric precipitation are proposed as “ecological thermometers” to be used in water bodies in different geographic zones of Europe and North America.

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: Institute of Biology, Karelian Scientific Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Pushkinskaya 11, Petrozavodsk, 185610 Russia

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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