Phytoplankton dynamics in the southern New Caledonian lagoon during a southeast trade winds event

Type Article
Date 2010-09
Language English
Author(s) Neveux Jacques1, 2, Lefebvre Jean-Pierre3, Le Gendre RomainORCID3, 4, Dupouy Cecile3, Gallois Francis5, Courties Claude6, 7, Gerard Philippe3, Fernandez Jean-Michel3, Ouillon Sylvain8
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Paris 06, UMR 7621, Observ Oceanol Banyuls, F-66651 Banyuls Sur Mer, France.
2 : CNRS, UMR7621, Lab Oceanog Biol Banyuls, F-66651 Banyuls Sur Mer, France.
3 : UR Camelia UR 103, Inst Rech Dev, Noumea 98848, New Caledonia.
4 : Stn IFREMER, Lab Environm Ressources Normandie, F-14520 Port En Bessin, France.
5 : US191, Inst Rech Dev, Noumea 98848, New Caledonia.
6 : CNRS, UMS 2348, Observ Oceanol, F-66651 Banyuls Sur Mer, France.
7 : Univ Paris 06, UMS 2348, Observ Oceanol, F-66651 Banyuls Sur Mer, France.
8 : Univ Toulouse, IRD, UPS OMP PCA, LEGOS, F-31400 Toulouse, France.
Source Journal Of Marine Systems (0924-7963) (Elsevier Science Bv), 2010-09 , Vol. 82 , N. 4 , P. 230-244
DOI 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2010.05.010
WOS© Times Cited 16
Keyword(s) Chlorophyll, Phycoerythrin, Flow cytometry, Phytoplankton, In vivo fluorescence, Growth rate, Trade winds, Lagoon, Internal wave, New Caledonia
Abstract During the Echolag cruise (13 February-8 March 2007), the effect of 16-30 knot trade winds on abundance, community structure and dynamics of phytoplankton was investigated in the southern part of the New Caledonian coral reefs and surrounding oceanic waters. In this area, the coral reefs form two horn-like structures (hereinafter referred to as 'horn reefs'), oriented south-east, and separated by a relatively deep valley. Three repeated samplings at one week intervals of a 32 station array showed that trade winds induce surface water cooling and significant enrichment of mid- and bottom waters above the reef shelf. This enrichment appeared as the result of a general rise of the oceanic thermocline and nitracline due to the combination of trade winds and tidally-generated internal waves between the horn reefs. It was accompanied by a factor of 1.5 and 2.3 mean increase for the chlorophyll concentration and picoplankton-nanoplankton cell number, respectively. From diel variations of in vivo chlorophyll a fluorescence and hourly sampling, phytoplankton gross growth rate was estimated to be 1-1.35 divisions per day and was quasi balanced with phytoplankton mortality for a 24 h period.
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Neveux Jacques, Lefebvre Jean-Pierre, Le Gendre Romain, Dupouy Cecile, Gallois Francis, Courties Claude, Gerard Philippe, Fernandez Jean-Michel, Ouillon Sylvain (2010). Phytoplankton dynamics in the southern New Caledonian lagoon during a southeast trade winds event. Journal Of Marine Systems, 82(4), 230-244. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmarsys.2010.05.010 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00013/12437/