Articles | Volume 19, issue 20
Research article
19 Oct 2022
Research article |  | 19 Oct 2022

Physiological flexibility of phytoplankton impacts modelled chlorophyll and primary production across the North Pacific Ocean

Yoshikazu Sasai, Sherwood Lan Smith, Eko Siswanto, Hideharu Sasaki, and Masami Nonaka

Data sets

Ocean Ecology Laboratory, Ocean Biology Processing Group, Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Aqua Chlorophyll Data; 2022 Reprocessing NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Short summary
We have investigated the adaptive response of phytoplankton growth to changing light, nutrients, and temperature over the North Pacific using two physical-biological models. We compare modeled chlorophyll and primary production from an inflexible control model (InFlexPFT), which assumes fixed carbon (C):nitrogen (N):chlorophyll (Chl) ratios, to a recently developed flexible phytoplankton functional type model (FlexPFT), which incorporates photoacclimation and variable C:N:Chl ratios.
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