Productivity of the Southern Ocean & Antarctica

The Southern Ocean and Antarctica have high levels of primary productivity for three months of the year, based on the growth of phytoplankton. These microscopic plants are highly adapted to this unique environment and survive despite the lack of iron – a key nutrient – in these waters. 

Over the weekend of Feb 18tth 2012, Dr Rob Murdoch gave a talk on the productivity of the Southern Ocean, using a couple of videos to help illustrate his point.  These videos can be viewed by clicking on the links below, or by viewing our primary Our Far South page.

Southern Ocean Productivity

Iron Fertilisation

Rob also writes briefly about his talk in his blog post for the 18th February.

Research subject: AntarcticaOur Far South