News of Note

Ocean Color Changes

Posted: July 26, 2023
Category: News of Note

A new study published in the journal Natureshows that the changing climate is also changing the color of our oceans — making them greener over the past 20 years. The color change could indicate an increase in detritus or a change in the makeup of the plankton community. Because light is a key driver of phytoplankton communities, any change in the light environment — whether due to changes in optical constituents or light availability entering the ocean — will lead to a change in the surface-ocean ecosystem.

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