the roles of photosynthesis and respiration in ecosystems.
The important role of photosynthesis | MSU Extension
We study the impact of the ocean circulation on the marine ecosystem at all scales, from the size of whole oceans to less than a kilometre. In particular we study the influence of physical processes on ‘primary productivity’, the uptake of carbon dioxide, through photosynthesis, by the multitude of tiny marine plants called phytoplankton, which form the base of the marine ecosystem.
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Microscopic phytoplankton control many of the chemical processes that occur in the ocean. These wonderfully diverse plant-like organisms provide food for the entire marine food chain, produce much of the oxygen that we breathe and help to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. Without the oceans, the high concentrations of carbon dioxide that have accumulated in the atmosphere from human activities such as, fossil fuel burning and the removal of the rain forests, would be much higher. By removing CO2, the phytoplankton counteract these emissions, which are causing global warming, but in turn they also produce other gases that may contribute to it. Hence, our research focuses on the role of the ocean in climate change and how this role may change in the future.