Articles | Volume 12, issue 9
Research article
06 May 2015
Research article |  | 06 May 2015

Peruvian upwelling plankton respiration: calculations of carbon flux, nutrient retention efficiency, and heterotrophic energy production

T. T. Packard, N. Osma, I. Fernández-Urruzola, L. A. Codispoti, J. P. Christensen, and M. Gómez


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Short summary
Ocean carbon flux, seafloor respiration, and seafloor carbon burial are calculated from plankton respiration. Based on this respiration, a new parameter, the heterotrophic energy production - the rate of ATP generated in seawater, is calculated, and a new concept, the nutrient retention efficiency (NRE), and its ocean variability, is developed and demonstrated. Finally, the curvature of the respiration profile is discovered to be the control - key for NRE and carbon flux.
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