Ocean food web is key in the global carbon cycle

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Credit: Courtesy of the 2007 IPCC report
This graphic shows the global carbon budget with black arrows and values reflecting the natural carbon cycle and red the anthropogenic perturbation.

Article courtesy of Julie Cohen | March 11, 2014 | Science Daily | Shared as educational material

Nothing dies of old age in the ocean. Everything gets eaten and all that remains of anything is waste. But that waste is pure gold to an oceanographer. In a study of the ocean’s role in the global carbon cycle, oceanographers used those nuggets to their advantage. They incorporated the lifecycle of phytoplankton and zooplankton — small, often microscopic animals at the bottom of the food chain — into a novel mechanistic model for assessing the global ocean carbon export. Read more here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140311141536.htm




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