Effects of Mixed Layer Depth on Productive Marine Ecosystems : From seasonality to climate change
Marine ecosystems, particularly productive marine ecosystems, substantially impact global fisheries and are considerably influenced by climate change as an integral component of the earth system. Modelling is an essential tool to understand marine ecosystems and project their possible response to climate change. However, current ecosystem modelling projections have significant uncertainties, which are partially caused by a lack of overall understanding of the underlying physical-biological interactions. This thesis seeks to identify the driving mechanisms of the trophodynamics in productive marine ecosystems in the contemporary climate, which is key to improve future ecosystem projections under climate change.