Variable Description

Variable: Average Chlorophyll Concentration
Units micrograms/liter
Description The instruments that monitor Chlorophyll fluorescence emit specific wavelengths of light into a water column causing phytoplankton to fluoresce. The fluorescence is an important estimate of phytoplankton biomass and measurements can also be scaled to monitor chlorophyll concentration. This measurement is relevant to issues of aquaculture, eutrophication (over abundance of nutrients), primary production, fisheries, and ecosystem health.

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