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BG | Articles | Volume 17, issue 15
Biogeosciences, 17, 4059–4074, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-4059-2020
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Special issue: Biogeochemistry in the BGC-Argo era: from process studies...

Biogeosciences, 17, 4059–4074, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-4059-2020
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Research article 11 Aug 2020

Research article | 11 Aug 2020

Assessing the value of biogeochemical Argo profiles versus ocean color observations for biogeochemical model optimization in the Gulf of Mexico

Bin Wang et al.

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We assess trade-offs between different types of biological observations, specifically satellite ocean color and BGC-Argo profiles and the benefits of combining both for optimizing a biogeochemical model of the Gulf of Mexico. Using all available observations leads to significant improvements in observed and unobserved variables (including primary production and C export). Our results highlight the significant benefits of BGC-Argo measurements for biogeochemical model optimization and validation.
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