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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-6213-2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-6213-2021
Research article
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01 Dec 2021
Research article |  | 01 Dec 2021

Modeling cyanobacteria life cycle dynamics and historical nitrogen fixation in the Baltic Proper

Jenny Hieronymus, Kari Eilola, Malin Olofsson, Inga Hense, H. E. Markus Meier, and Elin Almroth-Rosell

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Dense blooms of cyanobacteria occur every summer in the Baltic Proper and can add to eutrophication by their ability to turn nitrogen gas into dissolved inorganic nitrogen. Being able to correctly estimate the size of this nitrogen fixation is important for management purposes. In this work, we find that the life cycle of cyanobacteria plays an important role in capturing the seasonality of the blooms as well as the size of nitrogen fixation in our ocean model.
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