The Importance and Measurement of New Production
Public concern about the inadvertent interference by man in the processes that conspire to produce the earth’s climate — the general problem of “global change” — has emphasised the need for scientists to gain a deeper understanding of the planet as a compound biogeochemical system. In particular it has become recognised that we must improve our knowledge of the global carbon cycle, including the part of it that lies in the oceans. It is in this context that a rather obscure concept in biological oceanography has been projected into the scientific limelight and has given a household word (“new production”) to those institutions where research on global-change issues is carried out, written about, read about, or worried about. For understanding the oceanic carbon cycle, and the role of the oceans in the planetary carbon cycle, the concept of new production is central and fundamental.
KeywordsRegenerate Production Photic Zone Pelagic Ecosystem Annual Time Scale Biological Pump
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