Plankton responses to turbulence in a gradient of nutrient concentrations

Updated 2002-08-28

This study will be part of the EU project NTAP. The overall objective of NTAP is to provide a unified conceptual framework for nutrient dynamics as modulated by the interaction of turbulence and plankton and to use this information to aid in implementing and modifying legislation on coastal water quality and management. Specifically, the objectives are a) to build a database on turbulence effects by gathering existing scattered data, b) to produce experimental data on key organisms, interactions and mass transfer rates, c) to develop a sensor for laboratory measurement of small-scale turbulence, and d) to produce a dynamical model at community level with exploratory and predictive capabilities. The present project will fit within Objective b), and will complement other NTAP experimental studies with cultures and natural communities that are being carried out in different European laboratories. The results derived from this project will also be valuable to test and calibrate the model developed within Objective d).

Time frame

Project time span
2002 - 2002
Data collection
not specified
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Celia Marrase
Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC) Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Algae (algae, phytoplankton)
Seawater/suspended particulate matter
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

Experimental study (land-based mesocosm)


Regions studied
Espeland Marine Biological Station

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

University of Bergen, Norway University of Cambridge, UK Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, France University of Copenhaqen, Denmark

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