Articles | Volume 13, issue 15
Research article
08 Aug 2016
Research article |  | 08 Aug 2016

Modeling pCO2 variability in the Gulf of Mexico

Zuo Xue, Ruoying He, Katja Fennel, Wei-Jun Cai, Steven Lohrenz, Wei-Jen Huang, Hanqin Tian, Wei Ren, and Zhengchen Zang


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AR by Z. George Xue on behalf of the Authors (09 Dec 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (20 Dec 2015) by Minhan Dai
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (02 Jan 2016)
RR by Chris Hunt (02 Feb 2016)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (20 Feb 2016) by Minhan Dai
AR by Lorena Grabowski on behalf of the Authors (13 May 2016)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (17 Jun 2016) by Minhan Dai
AR by Z. George Xue on behalf of the Authors (01 Jul 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (14 Jul 2016) by Minhan Dai
Short summary
In this study we used a state-of-the-science coupled physical–biogeochemical model to simulate and examine temporal and spatial variability of sea surface CO2 concentration in the Gulf of Mexico. Our model revealed the Gulf was a net CO2 sink with a flux of 1.11 ± 0.84 × 1012 mol C yr−1. We also found that biological uptake was the primary driver making the Gulf an overall CO2 sink and that the carbon flux in the northern Gulf was very susceptible to changes in river inputs.
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