SURATLANT: a 1993-2017 surface sampling in the central part of the North Atlantic subpolar gyre

Type Article
Date 2018-10
Language English
Author(s) Reverdin Gilles1, Metzl Nicolas1, Olafsdottir Solveig2, Racape Virginie3, Takahashi Taro4, Benetti Marion5, Valdimarsson Hedinn2, Benoit-Cattin Alice2, Danielsen Magnus2, Fin Jonathan1, Naamar Aicha1, Pierrot Denis6, Sullivan Kevin6, Bringas Francis6, Goni Gustavo6
Affiliation(s) 1 : Sorbonne Univ, CNRS IRD MNHN, LOCEAN, Paris, France.
2 : Marine & Freshwater Res Inst, Reykjavik, Iceland.
3 : CNRS Ifremer IRD UBO IUEM, LOPS, Brest, France.
4 : Columbia Univ, Lamont Doherty Earth Observ, Palisades, NY USA.
5 : Univ Iceland, Inst Earth Sci, Reykjavik, Iceland.
6 : NOAA, Atlantic Oceanog Meteorol Lab, Miami, FL USA.
Source Earth System Science Data (1866-3508) (Copernicus Gesellschaft Mbh), 2018-10 , Vol. 10 , N. 4 , P. 1901-1924
DOI 10.5194/essd-10-1901-2018
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This paper presents the SURATLANT data set (SURveillance ATLANTique). It consists of individual data of temperature, salinity, parameters of the carbonate system, nutrients, and water stable isotopes (delta O-18 and delta D) collected mostly from ships of opportunity since 1993 along transects between Iceland and New-foundland ( We discuss how the data are validated and qualified, their accuracy, and the overall characteristics of the data set. The data are used to reconstruct seasonal cycles and interannual anomalies, in particular of sea surface salinity (S SS); inorganic nutrients; dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC); and its isotopic composition delta C-13(DIC), total alkalinity (A(t)), and water isotope concentrations. Derived parameters such as fCO(2) and pH are also estimated. The relation between salinity and A(t) is estimated from these data to investigate the possibility to replace missing A(t) when estimating other parameters of the carbonate system. When examining the average seasonal cycle in the deep ocean, in both these data with other climatologies, we find a period of small seasonal change between January and late April. On the Newfoundland shelf and continental slope, changes related with spring stratification and blooms occur earlier. The data were collected in a period of multi-decennial variability associated with the Atlantic multi-decadal variability with warming between 1994 and 2004-2007, and with the recent cooling having peaked in 2014-2016. We also observe strong salinification in 2004-2009 and fresher waters in 1994-1995 as well as since 2010 south of 54 degrees N and in 2016-2017 north of 54 degrees N. Indication of multi-decadal variability is also suggested by other variables, such as phosphate or DIC, but cannot be well resolved seasonally with the discrete sampling and in the presence of interannual variability. As a whole, over the 24 years, the ocean fCO(2) trend (+1.9 mu atm yr(-1)) is close to the atmospheric trend and associated with an increase in DIC (+0.77 mu mol kg(-1) yr(-1)). The data also revealed a canonical pH decrease of -0.0021 yr(-1). There is also a decrease in delta C-13(DCI) between 2005 and 2017 (in winter, -0.014 parts per thousand yr(-1), but larger in summer, -0.042 parts per thousand yr(-1)), suggesting a significant anthropogenic carbon signal at play together with other processes (mixing, biological activity).

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Reverdin Gilles, Metzl Nicolas, Olafsdottir Solveig, Racape Virginie, Takahashi Taro, Benetti Marion, Valdimarsson Hedinn, Benoit-Cattin Alice, Danielsen Magnus, Fin Jonathan, Naamar Aicha, Pierrot Denis, Sullivan Kevin, Bringas Francis, Goni Gustavo (2018). SURATLANT: a 1993-2017 surface sampling in the central part of the North Atlantic subpolar gyre. Earth System Science Data, 10(4), 1901-1924. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :