Why Observe and Measure Phytoplankton?
1. All animal life on Earth depends on phytoplankton for food and oxygen.
2. Phytoplankton helps keep Earth from getting too hot.
3. Human beings are changing the Earth's environment.
a. Pollution of the ocean
b. Burning coal, oil, gas, and forests increases the CO2 in the atmosphere: THIS MIGHT INCREASE EARTH'S TEMPERATURE!