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Fertilizing the Oceans with Iron Sinks Carbon, But is it a Good Idea?

It’s a controversial idea that has been around for decades. Stimulate the growth of phytoplankton (plant plankton) in remote reaches of the oceans by fertilizing the oceans with iron. Previous studies concluded that such an approach would not be effective. However, the recent analysis of a 2004 ocean fertilization experiment in the Southern Ocean — [...]
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Biological and physical forcing of carbonate chemistry in an upwelling filament off northwest Africa: results from a Lagrangian study

Biology / Marine Biology : Ocean Acidification (2 years ago)

The Mauritanian upwelling system is one of the most biologically productive regions of the world’s oceans. Coastal upwelling transfers nutrients to the sun-lit surface ocean, thereby stimulating phytoplankton growth. Upwelling of de... Read Post

International consortium formed to study fertilizing oceans with iron

Biology / Marine Biology : Fish & Aquatic News (4 years ago)

An international consortium has been formed to study the potential effects of adding iron to the ocean to promote the growth of phytoplankton. Read Post

Iron fertilization less efficient for deep-sea carbon dioxide storage than previously thought?

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (2 months ago)

Scientists have discovered that iron fertilization promotes the growth of shelled organisms. In a naturally iron-fertilized system in the Southern Ocean the growth and sinking of these phytoplankton grazers reduces CO2 deep-ocean st... Read Post


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