Articles | Volume 20, issue 14
Research article
26 Jul 2023
Research article |  | 26 Jul 2023

Optimal parameters for the ocean's nutrient, carbon, and oxygen cycles compensate for circulation biases but replumb the biological pump

Benoît Pasquier, Mark Holzer, Matthew A. Chamberlain, Richard J. Matear, Nathaniel L. Bindoff, and François W. Primeau


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-363', Anonymous Referee #1, 03 Apr 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Benoit Pasquier, 06 Apr 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-363', Anonymous Referee #2, 11 Apr 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Benoit Pasquier, 08 May 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (09 May 2023) by Marilaure Grégoire
AR by Benoit Pasquier on behalf of the Authors (17 May 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (24 May 2023) by Marilaure Grégoire
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (03 Jun 2023)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (09 Jun 2023)
ED: Publish as is (16 Jun 2023) by Marilaure Grégoire
AR by Benoit Pasquier on behalf of the Authors (22 Jun 2023)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Modeling the ocean's carbon and oxygen cycles accurately is challenging. Parameter optimization improves the fit to observed tracers but can introduce artifacts in the biological pump. Organic-matter production and subsurface remineralization rates adjust to compensate for circulation biases, changing the pathways and timescales with which nutrients return to the surface. Circulation biases can thus strongly alter the system’s response to ecological change, even when parameters are optimized.
Final-revised paper