Phytoplankton productivity in the North Pacific ocean since 1900 and implications for absorption of anthropogenic CO2

@article{Falkowski1992PhytoplanktonPI,
  title={Phytoplankton productivity in the North Pacific ocean since 1900 and implications for absorption of anthropogenic CO2},
  author={Paul G. Falkowski and Cara Wilson},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1992},
  volume={358},
  pages={741-743}
}
THE world's carbon budget has not been in steady state since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution1. At present, carbon dioxide released by anthropogenic activities adds about 7±1.2 gigatonnes (Gt)Cyr−1 to the atmosphere, of which about 2Gt Cyr−1 is thought to be sequestered in the oceans2. In the steady state, phytoplankton fix about 35–50 Gt C yr−1, representing a significant component of the natural carbon cycle1. If ocean productivity were changing, these biological processes could… CONTINUE READING
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