||Hoch Thierry, Menesguen Alain, Bentley D
||Oceanologica Acta (0399-1784) (Gauthier-Villars), 1993 , Vol. 16 , N. 5-6 , P. 643-651
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||CHANNEL, BOX-MODEL, NITROGEN, PHYTOPLANKTON
||A simple model of the nitrogen cycle in the Channel is proposed. Based on the long-term circulation, this box-model permits the description of the spring phytoplankton bloom in the whole Channel. Spring western thermal stratification has not been taken into account; consequently, the earliest phytoplanktonic development is observed in the eastern Channel, followed by the western, deeper part. This model also shows the influence of nutrient supply from the rivers on the Channel ecosystem, and particularly the influence of the river Seine on the chlorophyll concentrations along the eastern French coast. Comparison of calculated data with measurements shows a fairly good agreement in the eastern Channel but discrepancies are encountered for the western part. These problems are discussed and improvements of the model are proposed.