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Ecology

Oceans under the macroscope

Phytoplankton are marine algae that support all ocean life, so it is important to understand the processes that control their distribution, abundance and diversity. Macroecology offers a way to do so.

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Figure 1: Biomass of chlorophyll from phytoplankton in surface waters of the northwest North Atlantic Ocean, the area investigated by Li3, in two-week periods in 2000 and 2001.

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Belgrano, A., Brown, J. Oceans under the macroscope. Nature 419, 128–129 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1038/419128a

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