Seafarers Can Help Track Effects of Climate Change

Seafarers are being encouraged to take part in a unique global study, using a mobile phone app to record the effects of climate change.

The marine phytoplankton account for approximately 50% of all photosynthesis on Earth and, through the plankton food web that they support, they both underpin the marine food chain and play a central role in the global carbon cycle strongly influencing the Earth’s climate. Living at the surface of the sea the phytoplankton are particularly sensitive to changes in sea surface temperature. A recent study of global phytoplankton abundance over the last century concluded that global phytoplankton concentrations have declined due to rising sea surface temperatures as a consequence of current climate change.

For more information and to find out how you can participate visit www.oceancruisingclub.org

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