Articles | Volume 19, issue 1
Biogeosciences, 19, 117–136, 2022
Biogeosciences, 19, 117–136, 2022

Research article 06 Jan 2022

Research article | 06 Jan 2022

Modeling polar marine ecosystem functions guided by bacterial physiological and taxonomic traits

Hyewon Heather Kim et al.

Model code and software

WAP-1D-VAR v1.0: A One-Dimensional Variational Data Assimilation Model for the West Antarctic Peninsula H. Heather Kim, Ya-Wei Luo, Hugh W. Ducklow, Oscar M. Schofield, Deborah K. Steinberg, and Scott C. Doney

Short summary
Heterotrophic marine bacteria are tiny organisms responsible for taking up organic matter in the ocean. Using a modeling approach, this study shows that characteristics (taxonomy and physiology) of bacteria are associated with a subset of ecological processes in the coastal West Antarctic Peninsula region, a system susceptible to global climate change. This study also suggests that bacteria will become more active, in particular large-sized cells, in response to changing climates in the region.
Final-revised paper