A call for more Pacific-based research and understanding has been called for on topics ranging from the ocean economy to micro-plastics and even the events at the depth of the ocean.

Dr. Laura Lorenzoni, a program scientist for the ocean biology and bio-geo-chemistry program at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

She is a specialist in describing, understanding, and predicting biological and bio-geo-chemical conditions, interactions, and changes in the upper ocean.

“To develop a predictive understanding of global ocean ecosystem health, productivity, biodiversity, and trophic dynamics, we first need to observe these factors and processes, and develop conceptual models of how the system works”, she said.

Her research interests include land-ocean inter-actions and the influence of rivers on transport and distribution of dissolved and particulate organic matter in the coastal ocean.

“The goal is to provide more understanding mechanisms and interactions that sustain life on our ocean planet”, she said.

The ocean produces over half of the world’s oxygen and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere hence the need for more research and understanding in this area of research.

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