Western Channel Observatory

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


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. The fluorometric chlorophyll data are analysed by Oban Jones (obj@pml.ac.uk)

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 Environment 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
email: tjsm@pml.ac.uk