Articles | Volume 16, issue 6
Biogeosciences, 16, 1281–1304, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-1281-2019
Biogeosciences, 16, 1281–1304, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-1281-2019

Reviews and syntheses 27 Mar 2019

Reviews and syntheses | 27 Mar 2019

Carbon cycling in the North American coastal ocean: a synthesis

Katja Fennel et al.

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We review and synthesize available information on coastal ocean carbon fluxes around North America (NA). There is overwhelming evidence, compiled and discussed here, that the NA coastal margins act as a sink. Our synthesis shows the great diversity in processes driving carbon fluxes in different coastal regions, highlights remaining gaps in observations and models, and discusses current and anticipated future trends with respect to carbon fluxes and acidification.
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