Articles | Volume 12, issue 19
Biogeosciences, 12, 5715–5734, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-5715-2015
Biogeosciences, 12, 5715–5734, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-5715-2015

Research article 08 Oct 2015

Research article | 08 Oct 2015

A latitudinally banded phytoplankton response to 21st century climate change in the Southern Ocean across the CMIP5 model suite

S. Leung et al.

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Using the latest earth system models, we find that shifts in nutrient and light availability with future climate warming drive latitudinally banded changes in Southern Ocean phytoplankton distributions, which have the potential to significantly alter nutrient cycling as well as higher trophic level productivity throughout the global ocean. Spatial patterns in the modelled mechanisms driving these predicted phytoplankton trends qualitatively agree with recent observations.
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