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Global Phytoplankton Model


Global Phytoplankton Model
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[08-May-18] Understanding the location and traits of phytoplankton is key to discovering their roles in the ocean ecosystem. The colors on this map represents the locations of groups of phytoplankton modeled by a high-resolution ocean and ecosystem model known as MITcgm.

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.