Chaos and Predictability of Lacustrine Phytoplankton Taxonomic Size-Structure

Yury Kamenir
The Mina & Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: SCI026000

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Lake management could be sufficiently strengthened if reliable patterns and descriptors emerge suitable for the forecast and diagnostic purposes. A high biodiversity, flexible taxonomic composition, and a very complicated time-space structure of natural communities challenge solution of this problem. While stochastic dynamics often become apparent from mathematical models and experiments considering a small number of interacting species, some predictable properties of the aquatic assemblage emerge from large-scale studies describing taxonomically reach assemblages. This book provides a quantitative similarity assessment of the taxonomic size-structure patterns that describe the water mass occupancy by several phyla of Lake Kinneret phytoplankton. A modified type of species size-frequency distribution or ‘taxonomic size spectrum’ (TSS) was applied, diminishing the importance of numerous rare species and the assemblage time-space heterogeneity. (Imprint: Nova)

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