Arctic climate researchers zoom in on plankton

Alaska Public Media: They’re not recognizable like polar bears or whales. But phytoplankton are a key part of life in the Arctic – and now, they’re at the center of a new research effort to predict how the region will respond to climate change. Almost every animal in the Arctic eats - or eats something that consumes - phytoplankton. They’re tiny specks of algae that usually blossom into big clouds out in the ocean in the springtime. But that’s not what Kevin Arrigo saw a few years back. He was in the Chukchi Sea......

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