Carbonate system distribution, anthropogenic carbon andacidification in the Western Tropical South Pacific (OUTPACE 2015transect)

Type Article
Date 2018
Language English
Author(s) Wagener Thibaut1, Metzl Nicolas2, Caffin Mathieu1, Fin Jonathan2, Helias Nunige Sandra1, Lefevre Dominique1, Lo Monaco Claire2, Rougier Gilles1, Moutin Thierry1
Affiliation(s) 1 : Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, IRD, Université de Toulon, Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (MIO), UM 110, 13288, Marseille, France
2 : Sorbonne Université, CNRS, IRD, MNHN, Laboratoire d'océanographie et du climat : expérimentation et approches numériques (LOCEAN), Case 100, 4 place Jussieu, 75252 Paris cedex 05, France
Source Biogeosciences (1726-4170) (Copernicus GmbH), 2018 , Vol. 15 , N. 16 , P. 5221-5236
DOI 10.5194/bg-2018-163
Note Special issue Interactions between planktonic organisms and biogeochemical cycles across trophic and N2 fixation gradients in the western tropical South Pacific Ocean: a multidisciplinary approach (OUTPACE experiment) Editor(s): T. Moutin, S. Bonnet, K. Richards, D. G. Capone, E. Marañón, and L. Mémery

The western tropical South Pacific was sampled along a longitudinal 4000 km transect (OUTPACE cruise, 18 Feb., 3 Apr. 2015) for measurement of carbonates parameters (total alkalinity and total inorganic carbon) between the Melanesian Archipelago (MA) and the western part of the South Pacific gyre (WGY). This manuscript reports this new dataset and derived properties: pH on the total scale (pHT) and the CaCO3 saturation state with respect to calcite (Ωcal) and aragonite (Ωara). We also estimate anthropogenic carbon (CANT) distribution in the water column using the TrOCA method (Tracer combining Oxygen, inorganic Carbon and total Alkalinity). Along the OUTPACE transect, CANT inventories of 37–43 mol m−2 were estimated with higher CANT inventories in MA waters (due to a deeper penetration of CANT in the intermediate waters) than in the WGY waters although highest CANT concentrations were detected in the sub-surface waters of WGY. By combining our OUTPACE dataset with data available in GLODAPv2 (1974–2009), temporal changes in oceanic inorganic carbon were evaluated. An increase of 1.3 to 1.6 µmol kg−1 a−1 for total inorganic carbon in the upper thermocline waters is estimated whereas CANT increases of 1.1 to 1.2 µmol kg−1 a−1. In the MA intermediate waters (27 kg m−3 < σθ < 27.2 kg m−3) an increase of 0.4 µmol kg−1 a−1 of CANT is detected. Our results suggest a clear progression of ocean acidification in the western tropical South Pacific with a decrease of the oceanic pH of up to −0.0027 a−1 and a shoaling of the saturation depth for aragonite of up to 200 m since the pre-industrial period.

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Wagener Thibaut, Metzl Nicolas, Caffin Mathieu, Fin Jonathan, Helias Nunige Sandra, Lefevre Dominique, Lo Monaco Claire, Rougier Gilles, Moutin Thierry (2018). Carbonate system distribution, anthropogenic carbon andacidification in the Western Tropical South Pacific (OUTPACE 2015transect). Biogeosciences, 15(16), 5221-5236. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :