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.

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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.