Climatic Change: Response of Diatoms and Dinoflagellates

  1. David H. Peterson
  1. Sargun A. Tont

Published Online: 23 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM055p0161

Aspects of Climate Variability in the Pacific and the Western Americas

Aspects of Climate Variability in the Pacific and the Western Americas

How to Cite

Tont, S. A. (1989) Climatic Change: Response of Diatoms and Dinoflagellates, in Aspects of Climate Variability in the Pacific and the Western Americas (ed D. H. Peterson), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM055p0161

Author Information

  1. Scripps Institution of Oceanographya-020, La Jolla, California 92093

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1989

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900728

Online ISBN: 9781118664285

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Keywords:

  • Climatic changes—Pacific Area.;
  • Paleoclimatology—Pacific Area.;
  • Climatic changes—West (U.S.);
  • Paleoclimatology—West (U.S.);
  • Atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Summary

Based on phytoplankton data recorded at Scripps Pier during 1930–1939 period, monthly and seasonal anomalies of diatoms, dinoflagellates, and their combined counts are significantly correlated with climatic variables. Diatoms are more responsive to climatic change, as defined by sea surface and air temperature anomalies, than dinoflagellates, and correlations improve only marginally when combined counts are used.