Articles | Volume 13, issue 15
Biogeosciences, 13, 4359–4377, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4359-2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 4359–4377, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4359-2016
Research article
08 Aug 2016
Research article | 08 Aug 2016

Modeling pCO2 variability in the Gulf of Mexico

Zuo Xue et al.

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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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