Reanalysis of vertical mixing in mesocosm experiments: PeECE III and KOSMOS 2013.

Mathesius, Sabine , Getzlaff, Julia, Dietze, Heiner , Oschlies, Andreas and Schartau, Markus (2019) Reanalysis of vertical mixing in mesocosm experiments: PeECE III and KOSMOS 2013. Open Access Earth System Science Data Discussions . DOI 10.5194/essd-2019-166.

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Abstract

Controlled manipulation of environmental conditions within large enclosures in the ocean, so-called pelagic mesocosms, has become a standard method to explore potential responses of marine plankton communities to anthropogenic change. Among the challenges of interpreting mesocosm data is the often uncertain role of vertical mixing, which usually is not observed directly. To account for mixing nonetheless, two pragmatic assumptions are common: either that the water column is homogeneously mixed or that it is divided into two water bodies with a horizontal barrier inhibiting turbulent exchange. In this study, we present a model-based reanalysis of vertical turbulent diffusion in the mesocosm experiments PeECE III and KOSMOS 2013. Our diffusivity estimates indicate intermittent mixing events along with stagnating periods and yield simulated temperature and salinity profiles that are consistent with the observations. Here, we provide the respective diffusivities as a comprehensive data product in the Network Common Data Format (NetCDF). This data product will help to guide forthcoming model studies that aim at deepening our understanding of biogeochemical processes in the PeECE III and KOSMOS 2013 mesocosms, such as the CO2-related changes in marine carbon export. In addition, we make our model code available, providing an adjustable tool to simulate vertical mixing in any other pelagic mesocosm. The data product and the model code are available at https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.905311 (Mathesius et al., 2019).

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-BM Biogeochemical Modeling
Refereed: No
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.5194/essd-2019-166
ISSN: 1866-3591
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Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2019 10:21
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 10:21
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/48195

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