Articles | Volume 18, issue 20
Biogeosciences, 18, 5831–5849, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-5831-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 5831–5849, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-5831-2021

Research article 29 Oct 2021

Research article | 29 Oct 2021

Fast local warming is the main driver of recent deoxygenation in the northern Arabian Sea

Zouhair Lachkar et al.

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This study documents and quantifies a significant recent oxygen decline in the upper layers of the Arabian Sea and explores its drivers. Using a modeling approach we show that the fast local warming of sea surface is the main factor causing this oxygen drop. Concomitant summer monsoon intensification contributes to this trend, although to a lesser extent. These changes exacerbate oxygen depletion in the subsurface, threatening marine habitats and altering the local biogeochemistry.
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