Dissolved inorganic carbon budgets in the eastern subpolar North Atlantic in the 2000s from in situ data

Type Article
Date 2015-11
Language English
Author(s) Zunino Patricia1, Lherminier PascaleORCID1, Mercier HerleORCID2, Padin Xose A.3, Rios Aida F.3, Perez Fiz F.3
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, Ifremer Ctr Brest, Lab Phys Oceans, CNRS,IRD,UBO,UMR 6523, Plouzane, France.
2 : CNRS, Laboratoire de Physique des Océans, UMR 6523 CNRS/Ifremer/IRD/UBO, Ifremer Centre de Brest, Plouzané, France
3 : IIM CSIC, Inst Invest Marinas, Vigo, Spain.
Source Geophysical Research Letters (0094-8276) (Amer Geophysical Union), 2015-11 , Vol. 42 , N. 22 , P. 9853-9861
DOI 10.1002/2015GL066243
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Abstract The subpolar North Atlantic (SPNA) is important in the global carbon cycle because of the deep water ventilation processes that lead to both high uptake of atmospheric CO2 and large inventories of anthropogenic CO2 (C-ant). Thus, it is crucial to understand its response to increasing anthropogenic pressures. In this work, the budgets of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), C-ant and natural DIC (DICnat) in the eastern SPNA in the 2000s, are jointly analyzed using in situ data. The DICnat budget is found to be in steady state, confirming a long-standing hypothesis from in situ data for the first time. The biological activity is driving the uptake of natural CO2 from the atmosphere. The C-ant increase in the ocean is solely responsible of the DIC storage rate which is explained by advection of C-ant from the subtropics (65%) and C-ant air-sea flux (35%). These results demonstrate that the C-ant is accumulating in the SPNA without affecting the natural carbon cycle.
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Zunino Patricia, Lherminier Pascale, Mercier Herle, Padin Xose A., Rios Aida F., Perez Fiz F. (2015). Dissolved inorganic carbon budgets in the eastern subpolar North Atlantic in the 2000s from in situ data. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(22), 9853-9861. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.1002/2015GL066243 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00313/42419/