Articles | Volume 18, issue 22
Biogeosciences, 18, 6031–6059, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-6031-2021

Special issue: The Weddell Sea and the ocean off Dronning Maud Land: unique...

Biogeosciences, 18, 6031–6059, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-6031-2021

Research article 24 Nov 2021

Research article | 24 Nov 2021

Summertime productivity and carbon export potential in the Weddell Sea, with a focus on the waters adjacent to Larsen C Ice Shelf

Raquel F. Flynn et al.

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Biological activity in the shallow Weddell Sea affects the biogeochemistry of recently formed deep waters. To investigate the drivers of carbon and nutrient export, we measured rates of primary production and nitrogen uptake, characterized the phytoplankton community, and estimated nutrient depletion ratios across the under-sampled western Weddell Sea in mid-summer. Carbon export was highest at the ice shelves and was determined by a combination of physical, chemical, and biological factors.
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