Scientists from around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Switzerland, have created the first ever global atlas of marine plankton. Various species of plankton inhabit the world’s oceans in incomprehensible numbers, and the atlas is an attempt to begin identifying where, when, and how much plankton can be found in the ocean.
Named the Marine Ecosystem Biomass Data (MAREDAT), the data is public and available for scientists around the globe to use in their own specific plankton research. So far, researchers have divided the data among 12 different plankton groups and have documented half a million measurements of plankton biomass.
The research took three years to complete and scientists hope that it will help in predictions about the impact of climate change and ocean acidification on marine life.
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