Global warming is already making its impact felt by planetary oceans which are now affected by the so-called ocean warming and the increased levels of carbon dioxide emissions, related more to fuel fossils use, whatsoever. However, global warming would change the oceans’ color by the end of the century, reported the scientists in a new study.
According to the new research, global warming would make the oceans turn much bluer and greener than they are at the moment, and that because the climate change is going to boost the reproduction of phytoplankton, some microorganisms rich in chlorophyll. That would affect the color of the oceans, which would turn greener. On the other hand, the region with less phytoplankton would become bluer or take on a turquoise hue.
Nonetheless, the scientists suggested that, in the future, researchers would estimate how much phytoplankton is in a region by merely observing the oceans’ color.
Global Warming Would Change Oceans’ Color By The End Of The Century
“Phytoplankton is the base of the food web—less phytoplankton [means] less food for the rest of the marine ecosystem,” said Stephanie Dutkiewicz, a principal research scientist in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, for CTV News.
“What this study is trying to explain is that in parallel to measuring the amount of phytoplankton in the water, we should also be measuring the light coming from the water. It’s an important variable that we should be tracking to understand changes in the ocean as a result of climate change,” also added Maycira Costa, a professor and coastal oceanography researcher at the University of Victoria, on CTV News.
In short, according to a new study, global warming is going to change the oceans’ color by the end of the century as it’s influencing the multiplication of phytoplankton, a phenomenon which would change the color of the oceans.
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