Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

R/DO-22

Plankton trophic dynamics in Chesapeake Bay: Models and budgets of carbon-nutrient coupling

Principal Investigator: 

W. Michael Kemp

Start/End Year: 

1990

Institution: 

Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Description: 

The objectives of this project are: to establish mass-balance constraints on planktonic trophuc fluxes through simulation studies and measures of net community metabolism (NCM); to calculate nutrient export/input for Bay regions and seasons in relation to NCM; to estimate particulate organic (POM) deposition for specific seasons and Bay regions; to relate spatial/temporal variations in NCM and POM deposition to changes in plankton trophic dynamics.