GEOTRACES: Fifteen Years of Progress in Marine Aerosol Research

The international GEOTRACES program has allowed unprecedented access to aerosols in the remote marine environment, moved the community toward standardized methodologies, and contributed to expanding research capabilities around the globe. A key aspect of GEOTRACES aerosol research is the quantification of deposition fluxes of trace elements and isotopes to the surface ocean as a source for biolimiting nutrients and anthropogenic contaminants. New methods for quantifying flux have been developed that leverage radioisotope tracers in the surface ocean to estimate bulk deposition rates on longer and more relevant timescales. The question as to what fraction of aerosols is soluble remains and is a source of continuing uncertainty. To that end, the community has engaged in coordinated study to address questions regarding the fractional solubility of aerosol trace elements and isotopes through the evaluation of widely used dissolution and extraction techniques. Intercalibration efforts, method standardization, and normalization of open-access data archiving will be the legacy of GEOTRACES-era aerosol research.

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Buck Clifton, Fietz Susanne, Hamilton Douglas, Ho Tung-Yuan, Perron Morgane, Shelley Rachel (2024). GEOTRACES: Fifteen Years of Progress in Marine Aerosol Research. Oceanography. 37 (2). 98-101. https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2024.409, https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00891/100272/

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