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Title: Marine phytoplankton : standard methodologies: final draft : biology laboratory procedures manual. Section C : test methods and procedures
Author: Environment Agency Anglian Region
Document Type: Monograph
This document analayses test methods and procedures of marine phytoplankton. Phytoplankton is of great ecological significance, comprising the major organisms involved in primary production. A knowledge of the distribution of the various phytoplankters in both space and time is essential for an understanding of a particular ecosystem. The seasonal succession of species has an effect on the components higher up the food chain and is consequently important for economic reasons. Monitoring of marine phytoplankton is undertaken to comply with the Water Resources Act (1991) and EC Directives, to assess eutrophication and identify toxic and nuisance species. The relevant EC Directives are Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive [91/271/EEC], Bathing Water Directive, and Nitrate Pollution Directive [91/676/EEC]. There is also the North Sea Action Plan for which work has been incorporated into the National Marine Monitoring Programme (NMMP) for chlorophyll a analysis and phytoplankton sampling.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1996
Publication Place: Peterborough
Subject Keywords: PhytoplanktonMarine environmentMethodologySamplingAnalytical methodsPopulationData analysis
Geographic Keywords: EA Anglian
Extent: 79
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