Articles | Volume 10, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 10, 287–317, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-10-287-2019
Earth Syst. Dynam., 10, 287–317, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-10-287-2019

Research article 26 Apr 2019

Research article | 26 Apr 2019

Tidal impacts on primary production in the North Sea

Changjin Zhao et al.

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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (14 Jan 2019) by Yun Liu
AR by Changjin Zhao on behalf of the Authors (22 Feb 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (05 Mar 2019) by Yun Liu
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (22 Mar 2019)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (26 Mar 2019)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (26 Mar 2019) by Yun Liu
AR by Changjin Zhao on behalf of the Authors (02 Apr 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (03 Apr 2019) by Yun Liu

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AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Changjin Zhao on behalf of the Authors (25 Apr 2019)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (25 Apr 2019) by Yun Liu
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Our study highlights the importance of tides in controlling the spatial and temporal distributions North Sea primary production based on numerical experiments. We identified two different response chains acting in different regions of the North Sea. (i) In the southern shallow areas, strong tidal mixing dilutes phytoplankton concentrations and increases turbidity, thus decreasing NPP. (ii) In the frontal regions, tidal mixing infuses nutrients into the surface mixed layer, thus increasing NPP.
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