Research report 2003 - Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Dynamic Green Ocean Modelling
Le Quéré, Corinne
SummaryThe most recent global models of ocean carbon cycling include representations of ecosystem processes, which are now seen as vital to a better understanding of basin-scale sources and sinks of CO2. Yet these representations are currently basic and many potential biogeochemical and biogeophysical feedbacks have not been incorporated. The Dynamic Green Ocean Project brings together physical-, chemical-, biological- and paleo-oceanographers with a common interest in modelling and its applications to Earth system problems, to develop a new, more comprehensive model of ocean ecosystem functionning in the past, present and future. Advances in observational and experimental ocean biogeochemistry as well as characterization of marine phytoplancton functional types (PFTs) are integrated into the broader context of ocean circulation and external nutrient supplies.