Plankton and climate

Reid, PC; Edwards, M. 2001 Plankton and climate. In: Steele, J.H.; Turekian, K.K.; Thorpe, S.A., (eds.) Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences. London, (UK), Academic Press, Harcourt Science and Technology, 2194-2200.

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Abstract/Summary

Plankton has two roles with respect to climate: first as an indicator of climate change in present day populations and in the fossil record and second as a factor contributing to climate change through, for example, its role in the CO sub(2) cycle, in cloud formation via dimethylsulfide (DMS) production, and in altering the reflectivity of sea water as a component of suspended particulate matter. Current research on both the contribution of plankton to climate change and its role as an indicator of change are central to predicting potential scenarios that may occur in the future at a time when global mean temperatures are predicted to rise at an unprecedented rate by 1.5-6 degree C within the next 100 years.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Additional Keywords: Plankton Indicator species Climatology Climatic changes Palaeoclimatology Environmental effects Biogeochemical cycle Carbon dioxide
Subjects: Ecology and Environment
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Divisions: Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science > Other (SAHFOS)
Depositing User: EPServices Admin
Date made live: 27 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 15:59
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/1724

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