Articles | Volume 15, issue 14
Biogeosciences, 15, 4515–4532, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4515-2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 4515–4532, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4515-2018

Research article 25 Jul 2018

Research article | 25 Jul 2018

A multi-method autonomous assessment of primary productivity and export efficiency in the springtime North Atlantic

Nathan Briggs et al.

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We rigorously tested emerging methods for measuring the rate of photosynthesis in the ocean using autonomous robotic platforms. We found similar accuracy to traditional, labor-intensive, ship-based measurements across a variety of ocean conditions. Photosynthesis is the basis of nearly all life, both on land and in the ocean. Our results suggest that by scaling up existing technologies, we can greatly improve global monitoring of one of life's key processes.
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