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Phytoplankton and Climate Change

Alessia Kirkland

Phytoplankton are the ocean’s primary producers, basic food source and carbon recycler—even a slight change in their productivity could affect the world’s climate. NASA’s North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES) is collecting data on the complete plankton cycle for a better understanding of its impact on ecosystem change. For more on optics and the health of our oceans, see “Optics in Oceanography.”


Publish Date: 01 June 2018

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