The Oceanic Sink for Anthropogenic CO2.

Sabine, Christopher L., Feely, Richard A., Gruber, Nicolas, Key, Robert M., Lee, Kitack, Bullister, John L., Wanninkhof, Rik, Wong, C.S., Wallace, Douglas W.R., Tilbrook, Bronte, Millero, Frank J., Peng, Tsung-Hung, Kozyr, Alexander, Ono, Tsueno and Rios, Aida F. (2004) The Oceanic Sink for Anthropogenic CO2. Science, 305 . pp. 367-371. DOI 10.1126/science.1097403.

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Using inorganic carbon measurements from an international survey effort in the 1990s and a tracer-based separation technique, we estimate a global oceanic anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) sink for the period from 1800 to 1994 of 118 ± 19 petagrams of carbon. The oceanic sink accounts for ∼48% of the total fossil-fuel and cement-manufacturing emissions, implying that the terrestrial biosphere was a net source of CO2 to the atmosphere of about 39 ± 28 petagrams of carbon for this period. The current fraction of total anthropogenic CO2 emissions stored in the ocean appears to be about one-third of the long-term potential.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Oceanic sink, anthropogenic CO2
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-CH Chemical Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1126/science.1097403
ISSN: 0036-8075
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2010 08:10
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2016 11:42

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