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Cluster synchronisation : A mechanism for plankton patchiness and a simulation pitfall. / Guirey, Emma; Martin, Adrian; Srokosz, Meric; Bees, Martin Alan.

In: Ocean Modelling, Vol. 29, No. 4, 2009, p. 223–233.

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Guirey, E, Martin, A, Srokosz, M & Bees, MA 2009, 'Cluster synchronisation: A mechanism for plankton patchiness and a simulation pitfall', Ocean Modelling, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 223–233. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocemod.2009.04.006

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Guirey, E., Martin, A., Srokosz, M., & Bees, M. A. (2009). Cluster synchronisation: A mechanism for plankton patchiness and a simulation pitfall. Ocean Modelling, 29(4), 223–233. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocemod.2009.04.006

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Guirey E, Martin A, Srokosz M, Bees MA. Cluster synchronisation: A mechanism for plankton patchiness and a simulation pitfall. Ocean Modelling. 2009;29(4):223–233. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocemod.2009.04.006

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Guirey, Emma ; Martin, Adrian ; Srokosz, Meric ; Bees, Martin Alan. / Cluster synchronisation : A mechanism for plankton patchiness and a simulation pitfall. In: Ocean Modelling. 2009 ; Vol. 29, No. 4. pp. 223–233.

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