Travelling back in time to study phytoplankton of the past to explore the future of the Baltic Sea: PHYTOARK goes live
Climate change threatens marine biodiversity and thereby the stability of entire marine ecosystems. For phytoplankton, the photosynthetic microorganisms at the base of the aquatic food webs, the impact of these changes can already be detected. By using state-of-the-art palaeoecology and biodiversity research methods, the PHYTOARK research network, launched on May 1 and led by the IOW, will look back into 8,000 years of phytoplankton history archived in Baltic Sea sediments, to reconstruct responses to past changes of the environment due to climate fluctuations. The insights will be used to improve the assessment of impacts of present and future climate change.
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