Reference : The European Continental Shelf as a Significant sink for Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
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Life sciences : Aquatic sciences & oceanology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/2580
The European Continental Shelf as a Significant sink for Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
English
Frankignoulle, Michel [ > > ]
Borges, Alberto mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Océanographie chimique >]
2001
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
American Geophysical Union
15
3
569-576
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0886-6236
1944-9224
Washington
DC
[en] The concentration of carbon dioxide was measured during 18 cruises in the surface waters of the North Atlantic European Shelf (Galician sea, Gulf of Biscay, Armorican Sea, Celtic Sea, English Channel, North Sea), covering all four seasons (9 months of 12) at interannual scale. This is the very first intensive field study of continental shelves, in terms of source/sink for atmospheric CO2, which allows to integrate fluxes on an annual basis and over a large surface area. Here we show that European continental shelves are a sink of 90 to 170 million tons of carbon per year, that is an additional appreciable fraction to the presently proposed flux for the open North Atlantic Ocean (about 45%). The air-sea fluxes of CO2 we obtained are similar to those recently reported in the East China Sea, allowing us to conclude that the coastal ocean plays a considerable role in the global oceanic carbon cycle.
Researchers
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/2580
10.1029/2000GB001307

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