Deciphering Ocean Changes in the Arctic and Gulf of Maine
Water Colors: Deciphering Ocean Changes in the Arctic and Gulf of Maine
Presented in partnership with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Presenter: Dr. Deborah Bronk, President and CEO
Microscopic plants in the ocean produce half the oxygen we breathe and form the foundation of the entire ocean food web. These tiny phytoplankton have a giant impact on the health of our planet, and they are currently facing numerous challenges from the effects of climate change on the ocean and on land. Like all plants, they need light to survive and thrive. In some regions, including the coastal Arctic Ocean and the Gulf of Maine, climate change is increasing melting and rains that transport water-darkening compounds from the land into the ocean. This makes it much harder for phytoplankton to grow and carry out their functions that are vital to the health of fisheries, marine food webs, and the planet.
Dr. Bronk will present for 30 minutes followed by a 30-minute Q&A with the audience.