Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
CANON Initiative
Chlorophyll Graph

A graph showing the observations of chlorophyll, fluorescence, phytoplankton species composition, and occurrence of foam and red tide patches that were available from a series of stations in Montery Bay

 

Observations of chlorophyll, fluorescence, phytoplankton species composition, and occurrence of foam and red tide patches were available from a series of stations in Monterey Bay.

Solid symbols (dashed line) represent total chlorophyll collected weekly from the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf from August 15 to December 15, 2007 (labelled SCW on the inset map); the solid line represents daily chlorophyll fluorescence data for the same time period from the M0 mooring. Red bars along the x-axis denote visual observations of red tides from stations depicted in the map (inset), with the letters above the red bars denoting dominant species (C = Ceratium spp., Co = Cochlodinium spp., A=Akashiwo sanguinea). Green bars denote visual observation of foam at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. The bird strandings coincided with the largest red tides (note the chlorophyll and fluorescence) dominated exclusively by A. sanguinea and co-occuring with foam.

 

Last updated: Aug. 17, 2010