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Title: Extensive spatial analysis of the light environment in a subtropical shallow lake, Laguna Ibera', Argentina
Authors: Loiselle, Steven Arthur 
Bracchini, L.
Cozar, A.
Dattilo, A. M.
Rossi, Claudio 
Keywords: vertical attenuation coefficient; dissolved organic matter; shallow lakes; Esteros del Ibera
Issue Date: 2005
Project: None 
Variations in the attenuation of photosynthetically available radiation were analysed using extensive spatial sampling in two seasons in a subtropical wetland lake. Simultaneously with the attenuation measurements, the principal absorption and scattering components of the water column were also measured. The elevated spatial resolution used in the study allowed the determination of spatially distinct optical water classes within the lake. Changes in dissolved organic matter, phytoplankton and tripton concentrations led to a wide variation in the vertical attenuation coefficients. These changes depended on local characteristics of the ecosystem and time of year. The spatial distribution of the attenuation coefficients was examined in relation to the hydrological and geomorphological characteristics of the littoral area of the lake. The impacts of two small rivers on the light environment and attenuation components are shown. Finally, the resulting model was used to examine the possible impacts of changes in light availability at the lake bottom in relation to recent changes in lake water level.
ISSN: 0018-8158
DOI: 10.1007/s10750-004-1504-z
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