Modelling marine microbes is key to climate forecasts – Nature

Microorganisms are the engines that drive most marine processes. Ocean modelling must evolve to take their biological complexity into account.

Climate crisis is putting stress on oceans through steadily rising temperatures, longer and more frequent heatwaves, acidification and changes in nutrient levels. Understanding how marine microbes are affected is key to forecasting the future state of the oceans, and mitigating the effects of the crisis on marine ecosystems as well as the human communities that rely on them for livelihoods and food.

(Ref. Nature Vol 623 9 November 2023 – licence 5682511354901)