Global high-resolution monthly pCO(2) climatology for the coastal ocean derived from neural network interpolation

Type Article
Date 2017-10
Language English
Author(s) Laruelle Goulven G.1, Landschutzer PeterORCID2, Gruber NicolasORCID3, Tison Jean-Louis1, Delille BrunoORCID4, Regnier Pierre1
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Libre Bruxelles, DGES, Brussels, Belgium.
2 : Max Planck Inst Meteorol, Bundesstr 53, Hamburg, Germany.
3 : ETH, Inst Biogeochem & Pollutant Dynam, Environm Phys, Zurich, Switzerland.
4 : Univ Liege, Astrophys Geophys & Oceanog Dept, Unite Oceanog Chim, Liege, Belgium.
Source Biogeosciences (1726-4170) (Copernicus Gesellschaft Mbh), 2017-10 , Vol. 14 , N. 19 , P. 4545-4561
DOI 10.5194/bg-14-4545-2017
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In spite of the recent strong increase in the number of measurements of the partial pressure of CO2 in the surface ocean (pCO(2)), the air-sea CO2 balance of the continental shelf seas remains poorly quantified. This is a consequence of these regions remaining strongly under-sampled in both time and space and of surface p CO2 exhibiting much higher temporal and spatial variability in these regions compared to the open ocean. Here, we use a modified version of a two-step artificial neural network method (SOM-FFN; Landschutzer et al., 2013) to interpolate the p CO2 data along the continental margins with a spatial resolution of 0.25 ffi and with monthly resolution from 1998 to 2015. The most important modifications compared to the original SOM-FFN method are (i) the much higher spatial resolution and (ii) the inclusion of sea ice and wind speed as predictors of p CO2. The SOM-FFN is first trained with p CO2 measurements extracted from the SO-CATv4 database. Then, the validity of our interpolation, in both space and time, is assessed by comparing the generated pCO(2) field with independent data extracted from the LD-VEO2015 database. The new coastal pCO(2) product confirms a previously suggested general meridional trend of the annual mean pCO(2) in all the continental shelves with high values in the tropics and dropping to values beneath those of the atmosphere at higher latitudes. The monthly resolution of our data product permits us to reveal significant differences in the seasonality of pCO(2) across the ocean basins. The shelves of the western and northern Pacific, as well as the shelves in the temperate northern Atlantic, display particularly pronounced seasonal variations in pCO(2); while the shelves in the south-eastern Atlantic and in the southern Pacific reveal a much smaller seasonality. The calculation of temperature normalized pCO(2) for several latitudes in different oceanic basins confirms that the seasonality in shelf pCO(2) cannot solely be explained by temperature-induced changes in solubility but are also the result of seasonal changes in circulation, mixing and biological productivity. Our results also reveal that the amplitudes of both thermal and nonthermal seasonal variations in pCO(2) are significantly larger at high latitudes. Finally, because this product's spatial extent includes parts of the open ocean as well, it can be readily merged with existing global open-ocean products to produce a true global perspective of the spatial and temporal variability of surface ocean pCO(2).

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Laruelle Goulven G., Landschutzer Peter, Gruber Nicolas, Tison Jean-Louis, Delille Bruno, Regnier Pierre (2017). Global high-resolution monthly pCO(2) climatology for the coastal ocean derived from neural network interpolation. Biogeosciences, 14(19), 4545-4561. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :