Articles | Volume 13, issue 3
Research article
12 Feb 2016
Research article |  | 12 Feb 2016

The impact of sedimentary alkalinity release on the water column CO2 system in the North Sea

H. Brenner, U. Braeckman, M. Le Guitton, and F. J. R. Meysman


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Short summary
Alkalinity released from sediments of the southern North Sea can play an important role in the carbon cycle of the North Sea by lowering the pCO2 of the seawater and thus increasing the CO2 flux between the atmosphere and the water. However, not every single mole alkalinity generated in sediments leads to an additional CO2 uptake, as certain reactions in the water column can negate the respective alkalinity release.
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