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There is large amounts of observations supporting the effects of volcanic eruptions on climate: A long term subtle warming effect due to $CO_2$ and a short term, but more intense cooling effect due ash and sulfur gases. There is also much evidence supporting long and dramatic volcano triggered cooling events dubbed "volcanic winters", like the one after the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, or the Toba catastrophe 74,000 years ago, perhaps lasting up to a decade.

For more recent volcanic eruptions, there is evidence of algae blooms produced by the input of nutrients from volcanic eruptions (1, 2). Perhaps an expected outcome given that the ecosystems at the surface of the ocean are nutrient limited, therefore wasting most of the available energy due to the lack of iron, nitrogen and phosphorous mainly.

For all the above, I would be inclined to think that a large volcanic winter would encompass a period of prosperity for oceanic life. Where a small decrease in solar irradiation is more than compensated by a large increase in nutrients availability. However, I haven't hear of evidence of such oceanic boom.

Are there observations suggesting or disproving such oceanic booms during volcanic winter events?

PS: I started pondering this question while thinking about this article, on which they found that a coastal community in South Africa didn't seem to have been affected by the Toba "catastrophe", but on the contrary, they seem to have benefited from it.

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  • $\begingroup$ By volcanic winter, you mean when a volcano is dormant? $\endgroup$ – Eevee Mar 22 '18 at 22:14
  • $\begingroup$ Nop, I mean a global drop of temperature due to volcanic activity. You can visit the corresponding wikipedia article to learn more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcanic_winter $\endgroup$ – Camilo Rada Mar 22 '18 at 22:20
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    $\begingroup$ biogeosciences.net/10/3715/2013/bg-10-3715-2013.pdf $\endgroup$ – trond hansen Apr 7 at 5:47
  • $\begingroup$ @CamiloRada i am not qualified to answer this question but you are and there is nothing wrong with answering your own question.all the information do show volcanoes can have a positive effect on life in the ocean,like this study researchgate.net/publication/… $\endgroup$ – trond hansen Apr 10 at 6:04
  • $\begingroup$ my point is if the nutrients is there then life will grow,when spring comes volcanic or not. $\endgroup$ – trond hansen Apr 10 at 6:20

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