Western Channel Observatory

NERC National Capability of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Marine Biological Association

PML

L4 CHN

Since 2000 all carbon and nitrogen analyses were measured on a Thermoquest FlashEA 1112 elemental analyzer. To quantify total organic carbon and nitrogen (TOC, TON), triplicate 250 ml aliquots of seawater were first prefiltered through a 200 µm mesh, then filtered onto 25 mm ashed glass fibre filters (GF/F). These filters were dried at 60 °C before analysis. To quantify particulate organic carbon and nitrogen (POC, PON), triplicate 250 ml aliquots of seawater were first prefiltered through a 200 µm mesh, then filtered onto 25 mm ashed glass fibre filters (GF/F), these filters were then dried at 60 °C and acidified with sulphurous acid prior to analysis.


Both the CHN and Turner fluorometric chlorophyll data are analysed by Denise Cummings (dgcu-at-pml.ac.uk) and can be downloaded by clicking here


L4 Chlorophyll - Turner fluorometer

Chlorophyll concentration is determined by filtering 100ml of seawater through 25mm GF/F filters in triplicate and extracted in 90% acetone overnight at 4°C. They are analysed on a Turner fluorometer according to Welshmeyer (1994). These data are generated to complement the HPLC pigments data as shown in the plots below. For the period between 1999 and the present HPLC chlorophylls have been used. For the earlier period (1992 - 1999), chlorophylls determined using fluorometric techniques were utilised. The left hand plot shows the considerable annual and interannual variability in retrievals of chlorophyll at L4. On the right the monthly averages have been calculated (solid line) and the maximum and minimum departure from this. The asterisks represent the satellite retrievals of chlorophyll at L4 with the error bars representing the maximum and minimum values.


Surface chlorophyll data

About Us

The WCO is a partnership between the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Marine Biological Association.

How are we funded?

The core work of the WCO is funded as part of the UK Natural Environmental Research Council's National Capability.

Contact Information

For more details about the WCO please contact:

Dr Tim Smyth
Western Channel Observatory
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Prospect Place
Plymouth
Devon
PL1 3DH
email: tjsm@pml.ac.uk