Articles | Volume 13, issue 10
Research article
30 May 2016
Research article |  | 30 May 2016

Robotic observations of high wintertime carbon export in California coastal waters

James K. B. Bishop, Michael B. Fong, and Todd J. Wood


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (22 Apr 2016) by Emilio Marañón
AR by J.K.B. Bishop on behalf of the Authors (03 May 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (05 May 2016) by Emilio Marañón
Short summary
Is the ocean’s biological carbon pump stable or changing? The Carbon Flux Explorer (CFE), capable of year-long missions without tending ships, was invented to address this question. The CFE dives to 1000 m depths and drifts with currents to optically measure the downward flux of sinking carbon using imaging methods. During wintertime tests in California coastal waters, the CFE observed fluxes ∼10 times higher than previously reported. Traditional approaches have undersampled > 1 mm aggregates.
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