Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 251–266, 2018
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 251–266, 2018

Brief communication 06 Feb 2018

Brief communication | 06 Feb 2018

Photosynthesis–irradiance parameters of marine phytoplankton: synthesis of a global data set

Heather A. Bouman et al.

Data sets

A global dataset of photosynthesis-irradiance parameters for marine phytoplankton H. A. Bouman, T. Platt, M. A. Doblin, F. G. Figueiras, K. Gudmundsson, H. G. Gudfinnsson, B. Huang, A. Hickman, M. R. Hiscock, T. Jackson, V. A. Lutz, F. Melin, F. Rey, P. Pepin, V. Segura, G. Tilstone, V. van Dongen-Vogels, and S. Sathyendranath

Short summary
The photosynthetic response of marine phytoplankton to available irradiance is a central part of satellite-based models of ocean productivity. This study brings together data from a variety of oceanographic campaigns to examine how the parameters of photosynthesis–irradiance response curves vary over the global ocean. This global synthesis reveals biogeographic, latitudinal and depth-dependent patterns in the photosynthetic properties of natural phytoplankton assemblages.