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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-1367-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-1367-2018
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06 Mar 2018
Research article |  | 06 Mar 2018

The influence of the ocean circulation state on ocean carbon storage and CO2 drawdown potential in an Earth system model

Malin Ödalen, Jonas Nycander, Kevin I. C. Oliver, Laurent Brodeau, and Andy Ridgwell

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We conclude that different initial states for an ocean model result in different capacities for ocean carbon storage due to differences in the ocean circulation state and the origin of the carbon in the initial ocean carbon reservoir. This could explain why it is difficult to achieve comparable responses of the ocean carbon system in model inter-comparison studies in which the initial states vary between models. We show that this effect of the initial state is quantifiable.
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