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Plankton in a warmer world

Satellite data show that phytoplankton biomass and growth generally decline as the oceans' surface waters warm up. Is this trend, seen over the past decade, a harbinger of the future for marine ecosystems?

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Figure 1: Predicted phytoplankton response to increased temperature in ocean surface waters1.


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Doney, S. Plankton in a warmer world. Nature 444, 695–696 (2006).

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