The Aerosol Odyssey: Navigating nutrient flux changes to marine ecosystems

Hamilton, Douglas S., Baker, Alex R. ORCID:, Iwamoto, Yoko, Gassó, Santiago, Bergas-Masso, Elisa, Deutch, Sarah, Dinasquet, Julie, Kondo, Yoshiko, Llort, Joan, Myriokefalitakis, Stelios, Perron, Morgane M. G., Wegmann, Alex and Yoon, Joo-Eun (2023) The Aerosol Odyssey: Navigating nutrient flux changes to marine ecosystems. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 11 (1). ISSN 2325-1026

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This perspective piece on aerosol deposition to marine ecosystems and the related impacts on biogeochemical cycles forms part of a larger Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study status-of-the-science special edition. A large body of recent reviews has comprehensively covered different aspects of this topic. Here, we aim to take a fresh approach by reviewing recent research to identify potential foundations for future study. We have purposefully chosen to discuss aerosol nutrient and pollutant fluxes both in terms of the journey that different aerosol particles take and that of the surrounding scientific field exploring them. To do so, we explore some of the major tools, knowledge, and partnerships we believe are required to aid advancing this highly interdisciplinary field of research. We recognize that significant gaps persist in our understanding of how far aerosol deposition modulates marine biogeochemical cycles and thus climate. This uncertainty increases as socioeconomic pressures, climate change, and technological advancements continue to change how we live and interact with the marine environment. Despite this, recent advances in modeling techniques, satellite remote sensing, and field observations have provided valuable insights into the spatial and temporal variability of aerosol deposition across the world’s ocean. With the UN Ocean Decade and sustainable development goals in sight, it becomes essential that the community prioritizes the use of a wide variety of tools, knowledge, and partnerships to advance understanding. It is through a collaborative and sustained effort that we hope the community can address the gaps in our understanding of the complex interactions between aerosol particles, marine ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycles.

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Additional Information: Funding information: This publication resulted in part from support from the U.S. National Science Foundation (Grant OCE-1840868) to the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research. DSH acknowledges that this work was supported by North Carolina State University. ARB was funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (grant NE/V001213/1). JL was funded by the European Space Agency—LPF (No. 4000135579/21/I-DT-lr) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre. SM acknowledges support by the project “PANhellenic infrastructure for Atmospheric Composition and climatE change” (MIS 5021516) implemented under the Action “Reinforcement of the Research and Innovation Infrastructure,” which is funded by the Operational Programme “Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation” (NSRF 2014–2020) and cofinanced by Greece and the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and the National Infrastructures for Research and Technology S.A. (GRNET S.A.) in the National HPC facility ARIS for computational time granted under project ID 010003 (ANION). MMGP acknowledges that this work was supported by the Interdisciplinary graduate school for the blue planet (ISBlue, ANR-17-EURE-0015) and co-funded by a grant from the French government under the program “Investissements d'Avenir” embedded in France 2030.
Uncontrolled Keywords: aerosol nutrients,biogeochemical cycles,interdisciplinary research,iron cycle,ocean health,geology,geotechnical engineering and engineering geology,oceanography,environmental engineering,ecology,atmospheric science,sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1900/1907
Faculty \ School: University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
Faculty of Science > School of Natural Sciences
Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2024 14:30
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2024 09:31
DOI: 10.1525/elementa.2023.00037

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