Phytoplankton production in Pensacola's urban bayous

Phytoplankton thrive from nutrients present In every body or water. Eutrophication, specifically phytoplankton production, responds to nutrient levels in different bodies of water. Phytoplankton play a key role In the ecosystem as the ocean's main food source, and they create nearly 50% of the atmosphere's oxygen. My research will examine the correlation between the nutrient levels In the three urban estuaries Bayou Texar, Chico, and Grande exploring their effect on phytoplankton. Measurements of chlorophyll a, light attenuation and water depth were used to estimate phytoplankton production. Increased level or nutrients In the urban estuaries of Bayous Chico and Texar supported higher phytoplankton production. Bayou Grande is a shallow bayou that is surrounded by Pensacola Naval Air Station and residential housing. The other two bayous are surrounded by urban land uses, which creates nutrient-rich runoff to enter the ground water and filters into the bayous. Time of year was Important with higher concentrations of phytoplankton and higher phytoplankton production during the summer than in the winter. This research study examined water quality in these bayous over the period of a year.
Bayou Texar's watershed Is filled with mainly residential properties. 
Bayou Chico's lower watershed is mainly Industrial. while the upper watershed is residential. 
Bayou Grande's one shoreline Is home lo the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, and the other shoreline Is residential.
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Abstract/Description: Phytoplankton thrive from nutrients present In every body or water. Eutrophication, specifically phytoplankton production, responds to nutrient levels in different bodies of water. Phytoplankton play a key role In the ecosystem as the ocean's main food source, and they create nearly 50% of the atmosphere's oxygen. My research will examine the correlation between the nutrient levels In the three urban estuaries Bayou Texar, Chico, and Grande exploring their effect on phytoplankton. Measurements of chlorophyll a, light attenuation and water depth were used to estimate phytoplankton production. Increased level or nutrients In the urban estuaries of Bayous Chico and Texar supported higher phytoplankton production. Bayou Grande is a shallow bayou that is surrounded by Pensacola Naval Air Station and residential housing. The other two bayous are surrounded by urban land uses, which creates nutrient-rich runoff to enter the ground water and filters into the bayous. Time of year was Important with higher concentrations of phytoplankton and higher phytoplankton production during the summer than in the winter. This research study examined water quality in these bayous over the period of a year. Bayou Texar's watershed Is filled with mainly residential properties. Bayou Chico's lower watershed is mainly Industrial. while the upper watershed is residential. Bayou Grande's one shoreline Is home lo the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, and the other shoreline Is residential.
Subject(s): Phytoplankton production
Undergraduate Research
Urban bayous
Pensacola, Florida