Zooplankton: the missing link in modelling the ocean carbon cycle (2023–2026)
What is arguably the biggest gap in our ability to close the ocean carbon cycle, and thus improve future forecasts
of carbon sequestration and fisheries? The answer is our modelling of zooplankton, the most abundant animals on Earth. This project aims to build a next-generation ecosystem model that resolves zooplankton groups, their traits
and key processes, generating novel insights into carbon sequestration and fisheries. Expected outcomes include new methods for zooplankton modelling, leading to a paradigm shift in how we model carbon cycling. This should
provide significant benefits, including vastly improved estimates of carbon sequestration and fisheries production,
vital for carbon budgets and food security in Australia and globally.