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Cloud bleaching would influence the growth of algae and the carbon cycle

Cloud bleaching would influence the growth of algae and the carbon cycle

Tests carried out with a climate model observed the ways in which bleaching of clouds for the purpose of cooling the climate would affect the growth of algae and how the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide. The study proved that strong localised cooling of the seas would result in the poorer growth of algae locally, but increase growth in other areas. Changes in the growth of algae might be detrimental to fish populations or to more extensive food chains in the seas.

Further information:

Antti-Ilari Partanen, antti-ilari.partanen@fmi.fi

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016GL070111/epdf


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