Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 14, 2737–2747, 2022

Special issue: Extreme environment datasets for the three poles

Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 14, 2737–2747, 2022
Data description paper
15 Jun 2022
Data description paper | 15 Jun 2022

Primary productivity measurements in the Ross Sea, Antarctica: a regional synthesis

Walker O. Smith Jr.

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The rate of photosynthesis of marine phytoplankton – primary productivity – is typically measured by quantifying the rate of radioisotope incorporation. However, generally such measurements are not collected by one individual through time and so are difficult to compare due to methodological differences. A data set compiled by one investigator over more than 20 years in the Ross Sea demonstrates the importance of the region as a "hot spot" for growth and synthesis.