Oxygen is like money for Earth, and the ocean acts like a bank. Deposits are made in three ocean layers:
- At the surface through exchange with air
- In the water, when phytoplankton produce O2 from sunlight and CO2
- On the seafloor, where plants and corals live
Withdrawals occur when organisms consume oxygen. Oxygen is tightly connected to life in the ocean and can tell us a lot about an ecosystem’s health and productivity. WHOI scientists are exploring means to create an ocean oxygen budget, which has been difficult until now.
Animation based on the following publications:
Machine Lab (Marine chemistry, instrumentation & engineering)
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