The Formation of the Ocean's Anthropogenic Carbon Reservoir

Thursday, Nov 3, 2016

A long-standing challenge for ocean carbon cycle research is identify the pathways and mechanisms regulating the entry of anthropogenic carbon into the ocean. A new study, using a water mass/density framework, has identified the key role of the shallow overturning circulation in forming the important subpolar mode water reservoirs for the storage of anthropogenic carbon in the ocean.  The paper was published November 3 in Scientific Reports.  AOS Research Scholar Keith Rodgers, Yves Plancherel, an AOS alumnus (now at the University of Oxford), and AOS Research Oceanographer Bob Key are among the paper's coauthors.

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