Articles | Volume 20, issue 19
Research article
12 Oct 2023
Research article |  | 12 Oct 2023

Reconstructing the ocean's mesopelagic zone carbon budget: sensitivity and estimation of parameters associated with prokaryotic remineralization

Chloé Baumas, Robin Fuchs, Marc Garel, Jean-Christophe Poggiale, Laurent Memery, Frédéric A. C. Le Moigne, and Christian Tamburini


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2023-34', Anonymous Referee #1, 21 Apr 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Chloé Baumas, 10 Aug 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2023-34', Anonymous Referee #2, 12 May 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Chloé Baumas, 10 Aug 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (21 Aug 2023) by Jack Middelburg
AR by Chloé Baumas on behalf of the Authors (01 Sep 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (05 Sep 2023) by Jack Middelburg
AR by Chloé Baumas on behalf of the Authors (05 Sep 2023)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Through the sink of particles in the ocean, carbon (C) is exported and sequestered when reaching 1000 m. Attempts to quantify C exported vs. C consumed by heterotrophs have increased. Yet most of the conducted estimations have led to C demands several times higher than C export. The choice of parameters greatly impacts the results. As theses parameters are overlooked, non-accurate values are often used. In this study we show that C budgets can be well balanced when using appropriate values.
Final-revised paper