Griffith University researchers have shown for the first time that Sydney’s ‘Red Dawn’ dust storm in September 2009 has affected the Tasman Sea marine ecosystem.
Associate Professor Gabric and his team have discovered that the soil that was blown out over the ocean during the storm has delivered dust-derived nutrients, causing a widespread spike in phytoplankton biomass in the Tasman Sea.
This research highlights the “quintessential multi-disciplinary approach that Griffith School of Environment is noted for, with inputs from aeolian dust researchers, atmospheric science and biological oceanography,” Professor Gabric said.
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