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Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 326, Issue 1, pp 61–67 | Cite as

Effects of gamma ray bursts in Earth’s biosphere

  • Osmel Martin
  • Rolando Cardenas
  • Mayrene Guimarais
  • Liuba Peñate
  • Jorge Horvath
  • Douglas Galante
Original Article

Abstract

We continue former work on the modeling of potential effects of Gamma Ray Bursts on Phanerozoic Earth. We focus on global biospheric effects of ozone depletion and model the spectral reduction of light by NO2 formed in the stratosphere. We also illustrate the current complexities involved in the prediction of how terrestrial ecosystems would respond to this kind of burst. We conclude that more biological field and laboratory data are needed to reach even moderate accuracy in this modeling.

Gamma ray burst Biosphere Ecosystems Regime shift 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Osmel Martin
    • 1
  • Rolando Cardenas
    • 1
  • Mayrene Guimarais
    • 2
  • Liuba Peñate
    • 3
  • Jorge Horvath
    • 4
  • Douglas Galante
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversidad Central de Las VillasSanta ClaraCuba
  2. 2.Marine Ecology GroupCenter for Research of Coastal EcosystemsCayo CocoCuba
  3. 3.Department of BiologyUniversidad Central de Las VillasSanta ClaraCuba
  4. 4.Department of Astronomy, Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências AtmosféricasUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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