Earth System Science Theme Leader

Lead Research Organisation: University of East Anglia
Department Name: Environmental Sciences


This research has tow components. 1. The work will use ships of opportunity (ships engaged in other activities, commercial or research) as platforms to collect aerosol samples in remote regions of the ocean. The results will allow us to estimate how important atmospheric supply of key nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and iron is to the productivity of the oceans, and how this may change in the future. 2. The work will look at what controls the cycling of the key nutrient nitrogen in the Northern North Sea and how this affects the productivity of phytoplankton which ultimately influences the production of fish.


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Duce RA (2008) Impacts of atmospheric anthropogenic nitrogen on the open ocean. in Science (New York, N.Y.)
Jickells T (2013) The cycling of organic nitrogen through the atmosphere. in Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
Jickells T (2014) Nutrient transport through estuaries: The importance of the estuarine geography in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
Lesworth T (2010) Aerosol organic nitrogen over the remote Atlantic Ocean in Atmospheric Environment
Description atmospheric inputs significantly affect ocean productivity primarily via deposition of dust and associated iron and nitrogen
Exploitation Route further research
Sectors Energy,Environment