Chlorophyll to Carbon Ratio Derived From a Global Ecosystem Model With Photodamage


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Phytoplankton harvests light by integrating chlorophyll in protein‐pigment complexes (photosystems) that are variable in number and size. In ecosystem models, the capacity of light harvesting is described as the pool of chlorophyll. Since most of the variability in phytoplankton chlorophyll content is driven by acclimation to changing nutrient and light conditions, photoacclimation is generally parameterized as a regulation of chlorophyll synthesis with changing light. However, photosystems can also be degraded, and of the few process‐based models that have been proposed in the literature for the representation of their degradation and repair, none of them have been extended to more realistic conditions offered by pelagic biogeochemical models. We proposed three potential parameterizations to treat the degradation of photosystems as a function of light intensity and included them as a source of variation in the size of the chlorophyll pool in Regulated Ecosystem Model



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DOI 10.1029/2017GB005850

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Álvarez, E. , Thoms, S. and Voelker, C. (2018): Chlorophyll to Carbon Ratio Derived From a Global Ecosystem Model With Photodamage , Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 32 (5), pp. 799-816 . doi: 10.1029/2017GB005850


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