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BG | Articles | Volume 15, issue 18
Biogeosciences, 15, 5653–5662, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-5653-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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Biogeosciences, 15, 5653–5662, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-5653-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 21 Sep 2018

Research article | 21 Sep 2018

Increase of dissolved inorganic carbon and decrease in pH in near-surface waters in the Mediterranean Sea during the past two decades

Liliane Merlivat et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (12 Dec 2017) by Jack Middelburg
AR by Liliane Merlivat on behalf of the Authors (08 Jan 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Jan 2018) by Jack Middelburg
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (13 Jan 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (03 Apr 2018)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (06 Apr 2018) by Jack Middelburg
AR by Liliane Merlivat on behalf of the Authors (31 May 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (05 Jun 2018) by Jack Middelburg
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (21 Aug 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (22 Aug 2018) by Jack Middelburg
AR by Liliane Merlivat on behalf of the Authors (03 Sep 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (04 Sep 2018) by Jack Middelburg
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The fugacity of carbon dioxide in seawater (fCO2) was measured hourly in the surface waters of the NW Mediterranean Sea during two 3-year sequences separated by 18 years. A decrease of pH of 0.0022 yr−1 was computed. About 85 % of the accumulation of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) comes from chemical equilibration with increasing atmospheric CO2; the remaining 15 % accumulation is consistent with estimates of transfer of Atlantic waters through the Gibraltar Strait.
The fugacity of carbon dioxide in seawater (fCO2) was measured hourly in the surface waters of...
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