Plankton a climate change prophet
International experts are gathering in Auckland to discuss how plankton DNA can be used to predict climate change.
Plankton Planet is a non-profit organisation that is aiming to crowdsource sailors around the world to gather plankton samples and use its DNA to better understand and forecast the effects of climate change.
Plankton is any plant or animal organism that cannot swim against the currents. It produces half of the world’s oxygen and acts as a major regulator of climate change by absorbing man-made carbon dioxide.
It’s role in navigating climate change will be discussed in depth at an event An Epic Voyage Through Our Changing Sea being held at the New Zealand Maritime Museum on July 6.
Organiser Xavier Pochon said plankton’s role in regulating climate was critical.
It took seven days for a plankton population to completely regenerate, compared to the decades it took for forests, he said.
If scientists were able to understand how it regenerated the information could be used to predict further climate change, he said.
For the event on Thursday Pochon gathered a series of experts from the United States, France and New Zealand, including experts which research bioflourescent marine life.
The first image of a biofluorescent hawksbill turtle.