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Volume 10, issue 4
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 1859-1876, 2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 1859-1876, 2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Review article 16 Oct 2018

Review article | 16 Oct 2018

A global compilation of coccolithophore calcification rates

Chris J. Daniels et al.
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Short summary
Calcifying marine algae (coccolithophores) are key to oceanic biogeochemical processes, such as calcium carbonate production and export. We compile a global database of calcium carbonate production from field samples (n = 2756), alongside primary production rates and coccolithophore abundance. Basic statistical analysis highlights global distribution, average surface and integrated rates, patterns with depth and the importance of considering cell-normalised rates as a simple physiological index.
Calcifying marine algae (coccolithophores) are key to oceanic biogeochemical processes, such as...