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Dynamics of pelagic variables in two contrasting coastal systems in the western Hokkaido coast off Otaru port, Japan
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Agboola، نويسنده , , Julius I. and Uchimiya، نويسنده , , Mario and Kudo، نويسنده , , Isao and Kido، نويسنده , , Kazuo and Osawa، نويسنده , , Masato، نويسنده ,
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روزنامه با شماره پیاپی سال 2010
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Human impact on adjacent coastal waters, leading to alteration in nutritional environment and hence affecting phytoplankton biomass (Chlorophyll a), will probably be enhanced by the nearby presence of ports. The main goal of this study is to assess the influence of nearby presence of port on phytoplankton biomass build-up and the physical–chemical environmental characteristics in two contrasting coastal systems (Otaru port, S-IN and an exposed coastal area, S-OUT) in the western Hokkaido coast off Otaru port, Japan. Sampling was conducted on “bi-weekly and monthly” basis during the period of September 2006–December 2007 and data comprising 11 pelagic variables were obtained. In most instance, phytoplankton biomass, nutrientsʹ (NH4, NO3, PO4, and Si(OH)4) concentrations and nutrientsʹ molar ratios were higher at the Otaru port location. Physical parameters (temperature, salinity, hydrogen ion concentration (pH), photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) and dissolved oxygen, (DO)) were not significantly different (P > 0.05) between the two locations. With the exception of salinity, pH and DIC, all variables measured showed significant variation (P < 0.05) with season. While the coefficient of variation (CV) of physical parameters and phytoplankton biomass were relatively higher in Otaru port location (S-IN), the exposed coastal location (S-OUT) showed a higher variation in chemical parameters. Other variables showed different patterns between the two locations. We conclude that ports, due to its activities and restricted circulation favour high nutrient loading and phytoplankton biomass build-up in adjacent coastal systems, thus, suggesting the need for continuous field observation data in order to advance our knowledge on possible future human impact on coastal environment and the need to monitor and control port activities.
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anthropogenic , Hokkaido coast , Nutrients , Chlorophyll a , Sea port
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Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
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