Articles | Volume 17, issue 6
Biogeosciences, 17, 1685–1700, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-1685-2020
Biogeosciences, 17, 1685–1700, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-1685-2020
Research article
31 Mar 2020
Research article | 31 Mar 2020

Seasonal patterns of surface inorganic carbon system variables in the Gulf of Mexico inferred from a regional high-resolution ocean biogeochemical model

Fabian A. Gomez et al.

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We use a numerical model to infer annual changes of surface carbon chemistry in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). The main seasonality drivers of partial pressure of carbon dioxide and aragonite saturation state from the model are temperature and river runoff. The GoM basin is a carbon sink in winter–spring and carbon source in summer–fall, but uptake prevails near the Mississippi Delta year-round due to high biological production. Our model results show good correspondence with observational studies.
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