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Main Title Statistical Analysis of the Spatial and Temporal Variability of the Ratio Chlorophyll A to Phytoplankton Cell Volume in Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron.
Author Dolan, David M. ; Bierman, Jr., Victor J. ; Dipert, Merlin H. ; Geist, Raymond D. ;
CORP Author Environmental Research Lab.-Duluth, Grosse Ile, MI. Large Lakes Research Station.
Year Published 1978
Report Number EPA/600/J-78/113;
Stock Number PB-298 477
Additional Subjects Chlorophylls ; Phytoplankton ; Saginaw Bay ; Statistical analysis ; Cells(Biology) ; Concentration(Composition) ; Procedures ; Tests ; Sampling ; Abundance ; Measurement ; Biomass ; Statistical data ; Reprints ; Bioindicators
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-298 477 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
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Chlorophyll a has traditionally been used as an indicator of phytoplankton concentration in natural waters. This parameter has also been widely used by phytoplankton modelers for the purpose of comparing model output with field data. Examination of 1974 field data from Saginaw Bay indicated that chlorophyll a concentrations were inconsistent with phytoplankton cell volume concentrations. Statistical procedures were employed to determine the significance and source of the observed variability in the ratio of chlorophyll a to cell volume concentrations. The procedures employed included t-tests, analysis of variance and polynomial regression. The hypothesis that the natural log of the ratio of chlorophyll a to cell volume was constant in time was tested on six different sampling station groupings representing various spatial divisions of Saginaw Bay. In all cases, this ratio was found to vary significantly at the 95% confidence level. The variability of the ratio decreased when only data from the outer portion of Saginaw Bay were used. Greater than 60% of the variability of the ratio can be removed by using a linear correlation of the natural log chlorophyll a cell volume ratio with the fraction of diatom cell volume.