Air-sea CO2 transfer and the carbon budget of the North Atlantic

Jorge Louis Sarmiento, R. Murnane, C. Le Quere

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The model confirms that the impact of the (steady state) biological pump on the magnitude and spatial distribution of anthropogenic CO2 uptake is minimal. An Atlantic Ocean carbon budget developed from analysis of the model combined with observations suggests that the air-sea flux of carbon is inadequate to supply the postulated large dissolved inorganic carbon export from the Atlantic. Other sources of carbon are required, such as an input from the Pacific via the Bering Strait and Arctic, river inflow, or an import of dissolved organic carbon. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-219
Number of pages9
JournalPhilosophical Transactions - Royal Society of London, B
Issue number1324
StatePublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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