- How do biogeochemical and ecological emissions of non-CO2 GHG greenhouse gases (GHG) and aerosols (AER) processes interact with complex ocean physics?
- How do biogeochemical and ecological processes for non-CO2 GHG and AER emissions interact in response to external material input from the atmosphere across different regions?
- What are the feedback mechanisms between ocean non-CO2 GHG and AER emissions and climate change?
- What are the main controls on the distribution of key trace metals (Zn, Co, Cu in addition to Fe) and how these trace metals may affect primary productivity and its changes?
- What are the main controls on the distribution of some key isotopes of stable elements (13C, 15N, 18O of dissolved O2) and how can these elements be used to trace back past variations of both ocean circulation and marine productivity?
- What are the main controls on the distribution of key TEIs (230Th, 234Th) and how these distributions may help constraining some biogeochemical fluxes in the ocean?
- What are the impacts of global fisheries on marine biogeochemistry and the carbon cycle?
- What are the conditions for large-scale shifts from typical diatoms-mesozooplankton-fish food chains to nanophytoplankton-microzooplankton-jellyfish food chains? What would be the impacts on biogeochemistry, the biological carbon pump and the carbon cycle?
- How are the dynamics of carbon and nitrogen isotopes (13C and 15N) simulated in PISCES transferred in HTLs? Can we use NPA with isotopes to study trophic interactions?
PI: Laurent Mémery (IUEM)
The PISCES community is taking on incorporating new developments following a double target: to improve PISCES in adding processes that are known to be important and that can be constrained by data (validation); To explore new mechanisms that are considered important, for which validation is not straightforward, but that could be included in the next generation of PISCES (sensitivity analyses). Moreover, the new developments foreseen are directly linked to scientific questions raised by the PISCES community itself, which allows effective and targeted initiatives built on actual involved individuals.
These generic scientific questions are:
- What is the impact of the microbial `biodiversity’ on the biogeochemical cycles?
- What are the main processes to consider to accurately represent the C export and the attenuation of the C flux in the mesopelagic zone (mostly zooplankton behavior)?
- How to take into account the fluxes between the water column and the benthic layer in order to simulate the sources/sinks of carbon and nutrients in sediments?