Scientists Analyze Ocean Data to Understand the Future of the Ocean

Researchers from Canadian and US Department of Energy have released last 50 years data that details the cyclical changes of ocean water and ocean communities’ response to predict the future of the ocean water.

The latest studies were published in two different papers at Nature and they can help scientists to predict future of marine environment and possible human activities.

Talking about the latest publications, microbiologist Steven Hallam said, “We live on an ocean-dominated planet, and the ocean’s cellular life is in turn dominated by microbial communities that form interaction networks which are both resilient and responsive to environmental perturbation.”

“These microbial networks drive nutrient and energy conversion processes responsible for essential ecosystem functions and services.”

“This research can help to predict the changes in the ecosystem when surface waters are warmed, the effects of coastline development on an enclosed water basin, and provide insight regarding carbon cycling and adaptation mechanisms of marine organisms.”

“These data sets, in combination with the geochemical compendium, comprise a unique time-resolved framework for reconstructing microbial community metabolism along defined geochemical gradients and promoting the development of models to predict microbial community responses to ocean deoxygenation,” Hallam said.

“These observations take on immediate significance as we consider the potential impacts of OMZ expansion on marine resources and our climate system. These ecological impacts represent a recurring theme throughout the global ocean that transcends the anthropogenic boundaries of single nations or states.”‘

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