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The bottom of the ocean food chain

Global ocean simulations predict the future abundance of phytoplankton—and the sustainability of life on Earth.
July 15, 2013
The bottom of the ocean food chain

Satellite images showing chlorophyll in the ocean inform computer simulations, like this one from Los Alamos, of the global abundance of phytoplankton.

Ocean simulations track the phytoplankton that prop up the food chain

The Climate, Ocean, and Sea Ice Modeling team at Los Alamos has produced a new map of the predicted global distribution of oceanic phytoplankton. These tiny organisms, which produce their own food through photosynthesis, support the entire aquatic food web and account for a large fraction of the world’s atmospheric oxygen production.

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