Multiple trophic levels fueled by recirculation in the Columbia River plume

Raphael M. Kudela, Alexander R. Horner-Devine, Neil S. Banas, Barbara M. Hickey, Tawnya Peterson, Ryan M. McCabe, Evelyn J. Lessard, Elizabeth Frame, Kenneth W. Bruland, David A. Jay, Jay O. Peterson, William T. Peterson, P. Michael Kosro, Sherry L. Palacios, Maeve C. Lohan, Edward P. Dever

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Abstract

Large rivers represent gateways for the transport of terrigenous and anthropogenic material to the coastal ocean. Here we document a ∼700 km 2 recirculation or bulge associated with the Columbia River plume that retains recently discharged river water sufficiently to create a regional bioreactor. Fueled by a fluvial nitrate source, this feature stimulated growth across three trophic levels and may buffer this gateway system during periods of increased warming and stratification that lead to decreased ocean productivity, potentially enhancing production at multiple trophic levels and enriching surface waters far from the river mouth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL18607
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume37
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

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Kudela, R. M., Horner-Devine, A. R., Banas, N. S., Hickey, B. M., Peterson, T., McCabe, R. M., ... Dever, E. P. (2010). Multiple trophic levels fueled by recirculation in the Columbia River plume. Geophysical Research Letters, 37(18), [L18607]. https://doi.org/10.1029/2010GL044342

Multiple trophic levels fueled by recirculation in the Columbia River plume. / Kudela, Raphael M.; Horner-Devine, Alexander R.; Banas, Neil S.; Hickey, Barbara M.; Peterson, Tawnya; McCabe, Ryan M.; Lessard, Evelyn J.; Frame, Elizabeth; Bruland, Kenneth W.; Jay, David A.; Peterson, Jay O.; Peterson, William T.; Kosro, P. Michael; Palacios, Sherry L.; Lohan, Maeve C.; Dever, Edward P.

In: Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 37, No. 18, L18607, 01.09.2010.

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Kudela, RM, Horner-Devine, AR, Banas, NS, Hickey, BM, Peterson, T, McCabe, RM, Lessard, EJ, Frame, E, Bruland, KW, Jay, DA, Peterson, JO, Peterson, WT, Kosro, PM, Palacios, SL, Lohan, MC & Dever, EP 2010, 'Multiple trophic levels fueled by recirculation in the Columbia River plume', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 37, no. 18, L18607. https://doi.org/10.1029/2010GL044342
Kudela, Raphael M. ; Horner-Devine, Alexander R. ; Banas, Neil S. ; Hickey, Barbara M. ; Peterson, Tawnya ; McCabe, Ryan M. ; Lessard, Evelyn J. ; Frame, Elizabeth ; Bruland, Kenneth W. ; Jay, David A. ; Peterson, Jay O. ; Peterson, William T. ; Kosro, P. Michael ; Palacios, Sherry L. ; Lohan, Maeve C. ; Dever, Edward P. / Multiple trophic levels fueled by recirculation in the Columbia River plume. In: Geophysical Research Letters. 2010 ; Vol. 37, No. 18.
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