Modeled Phytoplankton Distribution
The four colors (red, yellow, green and light blue) represent the most dominant type of phytoplankton at a given location. The red areas represent diatoms which are larger, silicate-dependent phytoplankton, and yellow are flagellate phytoplankton. The green areas correspond to tiny plankton such as Prochlorococcus, and light blue represents other small phytoplankton such as Synechococcus.
Developed by MIT, the goal of producing these simulations and maps are to help us understand the diversity and distribution of plankton communities. These models can help us to explore the role of plankton in climate change, ocean ecology and as part of the carbon cycle.