Articles | Volume 13, issue 17
Biogeosciences, 13, 4927–4943, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4927-2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 4927–4943, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4927-2016
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07 Sep 2016
Research article | 07 Sep 2016

Depth-resolved particle-associated microbial respiration in the northeast Atlantic

Anna Belcher et al.

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We address the imbalance between the supply and loss of organic carbon to the upper layer of the ocean by measuring a previously poorly quantified term: particle-associated microbial respiration of in situ particles. We find rates that are too low to account for the missing sink of carbon and suggest instead that zooplankton drive the transformation of large fast-sinking particles into slow-sinking and suspended particles. This apparent loss may help explain imbalances in the carbon budget.
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