Articles | Volume 12, issue 18
Biogeosciences, 12, 5547–5562, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-5547-2015
Biogeosciences, 12, 5547–5562, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-5547-2015

Research article 30 Sep 2015

Research article | 30 Sep 2015

Can organic matter flux profiles be diagnosed using remineralisation rates derived from observed tracers and modelled ocean transport rates?

J. D. Wilson et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (28 Jul 2015) by Jack Middelburg
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (27 Aug 2015) by Jack Middelburg
AR by Jamie Wilson on behalf of the Authors (10 Sep 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (15 Sep 2015) by Jack Middelburg
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We explore whether ocean model transport rates, in the form of a transport matrix, can be used to estimate remineralisation rates from dissolved nutrient concentrations and infer vertical fluxes of particulate organic carbon. Estimated remineralisation rates are significantly sensitive to uncertainty in the observations and the modelled circulation. The remineralisation of dissolved organic matter is an additional source of uncertainty when inferring vertical fluxes from remineralisation rates.
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