Photosynthesis-Light Mathematical Formulations

by Stephen D. Field, Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Civil Engrg., Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, La. 70803,
Steven W. Effler, Adjunct Professor; Dept. of Civil Engrg. Syracuse Univ. Syracuse, N.Y. 13210,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 199-203

Document Type: Journal Paper

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Photosynthesis-light curves for photoplankton describe the characteristic dependence of the instantaneous rate of photosynthesis on incident light. Six different mathematical formulations are evaluated for the photosynthesis-light relationship, based on their ability to describe experimental data collected from nutrient saturated, hypereutrophic Onandaga Lake in New York State. The data are comprised of measurements of in situ gross primary productivity, and the available light from 115 experiments.

Subject Headings: Mathematics | Curvature | Nutrients | Field tests | Lakes | Data collection | Hydrologic data | North America | United States | New York

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