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Climate-mediated changes to mixed-layer properties in the Southern Ocean : assessing the phytoplankton response

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dc.contributor.author Boyd, Philip W.
dc.contributor.author Doney, Scott C.
dc.contributor.author Strzepek, R.
dc.contributor.author Dusenberry, Jeffrey A.
dc.contributor.author Lindsay, Keith
dc.contributor.author Fung, Inez Y.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-25T15:48:59Z
dc.date.available 2008-07-25T15:48:59Z
dc.date.issued 2008-05-19
dc.identifier.citation Biogeosciences 5 (2008): 847-864 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1912/2295
dc.description © 2008 Author(s). This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. The definitive version was published in Biogeosciences 5 (2008): 847-864, doi:10.5194/bg-5-847-2008 en
dc.description.abstract Concurrent changes in ocean chemical and physical properties influence phytoplankton dynamics via alterations in carbonate chemistry, nutrient and trace metal inventories and upper ocean light environment. Using a fully coupled, global carbon-climate model (Climate System Model 1.4-carbon), we quantify anthropogenic climate change relative to the background natural interannual variability for the Southern Ocean over the period 2000 and 2100. Model results are interpreted using our understanding of the environmental control of phytoplankton growth rates – leading to two major findings. Firstly, comparison with results from phytoplankton perturbation experiments, in which environmental properties have been altered for key species (e.g., bloom formers), indicates that the predicted rates of change in oceanic properties over the next few decades are too subtle to be represented experimentally at present. Secondly, the rate of secular climate change will not exceed background natural variability, on seasonal to interannual time-scales, for at least several decades – which may not provide the prevailing conditions of change, i.e. constancy, needed for phytoplankton adaptation. Taken together, the relatively subtle environmental changes, due to climate change, may result in adaptation by resident phytoplankton, but not for several decades due to the confounding effects of climate variability. This presents major challenges for the detection and attribution of climate change effects on Southern Ocean phytoplankton. We advocate the development of multi-faceted tests/metrics that will reflect the relative plasticity of different phytoplankton functional groups and/or species to respond to changing ocean conditions. en
dc.description.sponsorship S.C.D. was supported in part by the WHOI Ocean and Climate Change Institute and a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF ATM06-28582). Computational resources were provided by the NCAR Climate Simulation Laboratory. The National Center for Atmospheric Research is sponsored by the US National Science Foundation. P.W.B. was supported by the NZ FRST Coasts and Oceans OBI. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Copernicus Publications on behalf of the European Geosciences Union en
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/bg-5-847-2008
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ *
dc.title Climate-mediated changes to mixed-layer properties in the Southern Ocean : assessing the phytoplankton response en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.5194/bg-5-847-2008


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