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On the physical and biogeochemical processes driving the high frequency variability of CO2 fugacity at 6 degrees S, 10 degrees W: Potential role of the internal waves
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL.
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2014 (English)In: JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, ISSN 2169-9275, Vol. 119, no 12, 8357-8374 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The availability of nutrients in the mixed layer is the main limitation to organic carbon biological production in the tropical regions. In this paper, we investigate the potential role of internal waves at promoting the development of biological activity on a PIRATA mooring at 6 degrees S, 10 degrees W. This mooring is located above the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where we observe strong internal waves. Using a one-dimensional physical and biogeochemical coupled model, we simulate dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC). Providing the influence of vertical advection and turbulent diapycnal diffusivity are (it is vertical advection + turbulent dipycnal mixing) accounted for, we find that this model provides a good fit with observed in situ CO2 fugacity (fCO(2)). Main effect of internal waves is to rapidly increase the DIC, thus the fCO(2) and the nutrients in the mixed layer. The latter induce progressive development of biological activity leading to gradual DIC decrease. Our study highlights the importance of correctly taking into account the effect of internal waves in tropical regions.

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2014. Vol. 119, no 12, 8357-8374 p.
Keyword [en]
carbon dioxide, internal wave, high frequency, PIRATA, Atlantic tropical, nitrate flux
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Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-245548DOI: 10.1002/2014JC009965ISI: 000348452800009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-245548DiVA: diva2:793859
Available from: 2015-03-09 Created: 2015-02-26 Last updated: 2015-03-09Bibliographically approved

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