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Chlorophyll a: Determination by spectroscopic methods

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posted on 2024-01-12, 12:34 authored by Alain Aminot, Francisco Rey

Chlorophyll a is the principal pigment in plants. As a biomass indicator of aquatic microalgae which support foodwebs in the sea, it is probably the most frequently measured biochemical parameter in oceanography. This document describes a procedure for the routine determination of chlorophyll a in seawater for use by ICES Member Countries. It has been developed from a review of current methodology for measuring chlorophyll a undertaken by the Working Group on Phytoplankton Ecology (WGPE) and the Marine Chemistry Working Group (MCWG).

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Published under the auspices of the following ICES Steering Group or Committee

  • HAPISG
  • EPDSG

Published under the auspices of the following ICES Expert Group or Strategic Initiative

WGPME; MCWG

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30

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Aminot, A., and Rey, F. 2001. Chlorophyll a: Determination by spectroscopic methods. ICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences. No. 30. 17 pp. https://doi.org/10.17895/ices.pub.5080

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