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Bio-Physical Processes & Plankton Communities

Scott M. Gallager and Christine Mingione Biology Department, Steve Lerner Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering.

This project proposes to study the mechanisms controlling seasonal changes in plankton community structure by coupling long term, high frequency observations using a VPR mounted on PLUTO with local process studies designed to understand horizontal and vertical variability in plankton distributions.

Observations using a towed VPR will be coupled with the hydrographic survey and modeling study proposed by Ji, Limeburner, and Beardsley to allow a first look at the relative influence of internal waves and terrestrial runoff a