Title Benthic Primary Production in the Ocean: Constraint of Light Availability at the Global Scale
Type Research Project
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Abstract Much of the coastal zone includes benthic environments that receive light sufficient for photosynthesis, but the global contribution of benthic primary production on continental shelves has never been estimated. This project comibines SeaWiFS data (to estimate the amount of light reaching the benthic environment) with information about the distributions of the major autotrophic groups to estimate the global benthic area that supports net primary production.
Participants Jean-Pierre Gattuso
Bernard Gentili
Carlos Duarte
Joanie Kleypas
Jack Middelburg
D. Antoine
Start Date January 2004
Keywords primary production
continental shelves
Research Themes Climate-Ecosystem-Human Interactions


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