Articles | Volume 18, issue 17
Biogeosciences, 18, 4953–4963, 2021

Special issue: Understanding the Indian Ocean system: past, present and future...

Biogeosciences, 18, 4953–4963, 2021

Reviews and syntheses 13 Sep 2021

Reviews and syntheses | 13 Sep 2021

Reviews and syntheses: Trends in primary production in the Bay of Bengal – is it at a tipping point?

Carolin R. Löscher


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Short summary
The Bay of Bengal (BoB) is classically seen as an ocean region with low primary production, which has been predicted to decrease even further. Here, the importance of such a trend is used to explore what could happen to the BoB's low-oxygen core waters if primary production decreases. Lower biological production leads to less oxygen loss in deeper waters by respiration; thus it could be that oxygen will not further decrease and the BoB will not become anoxic, different to other low-oxygen areas.
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