Could stratospheric ozone depletion lead to enhanced aquatic primary production in the polar regions?
Limnol. Oceanogr., 53(1), 2008, 332-338 | DOI: 10.4319/lo.2008.53.1.0332
ABSTRACT: We study the effects of ozone depletion on primary production in ice-covered and open polar waters using a spectral radiative transfer model combined with a parameterization of the inhibition of marine photosynthesis by ultraviolet radiation. We find that ozone depletion might not have a negative influence on the aquatic algal community at high latitudes but instead could enhance primary production. For an ozone depletion of 50%, we estimate the yearly averaged enhancement to be about 1%.