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The Salish Sea is a highly productive, dynamic coastal ocean with substantial temporal and spatial variability at lower trophic levels (e.g. phytoplankton and zooplankton). This variability, in turn, may directly impact resident and migratory fish populations that are of major economic importance in the region. The main goal of this research is to investigate the level of synchronicity between phytoplankton and zooplankton phenology in the Salish Sea. Time-series data for phytoplankton will be derived from satellite imagery, buoy
data, ferry data, citizen science data, and research cruise data, and then coupled with historical and present zooplankton data. By looking at long-term spatial data of phytoplankton arid zooplankton, we can identify their response to different climate drivers (e.g. SST, wind) and global climatic indices. Ultimately, changes in the seasonal patterns of these lower trophic levels will provide insight into their influence on the growth, survival, and overall return strength of salmon populations in the region. TO BE CONT’D
Pacific Salmon Foundation
Geography / Geology / Earth science
Information and communications technologies
University of Victoria
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