With this in mind, this joint IGBP-SCOR (Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research) fast-track initiative aims to survey our current understanding of nutrient limitation in the upper oceans, identify gaps in knowledge and evaluate methodologies used to assess nutrient limitation. All potentially limiting nutrients (macronutrients such as nitrogen, micronutrients such as iron and organic nutrients such as vitamin B12) will be considered.
Mark Moore (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton),
Matt Mills (Stanford University),
Doug Wallace (SOLAS) and
Emily Breviere (SOLAS)
1. To synthesise the current state of knowledge concerning patterns of upper ocean nutrient limitation, including identification of current observational gaps
2. Based on this synthesis, to recommend future avenues of research, taking specific account of the potential for past and future global change and linkages to the carbon cycle
3. To recommend a rigorous definitional framework for describing upper ocean nutrient limitation, with specific reference to multiple timescales and cross-disciplinary boundaries
4. To critically evaluate the techniques and methods currently used to assess upper ocean nutrient limitation
Nature Geoscience Marine Cycles in Flux, (Insights, September 2013)
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