Grand challenges in marine biogeochemistry.

Achterberg, Eric P. (2014) Grand challenges in marine biogeochemistry. Open Access Frontiers in Marine Science, 1 (7). DOI 10.3389/fmars.2014.00007.

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The ocean plays a central role in our earth's climate system and also provides a range of important ecosystem services, including food, energy, transport, and nutrient cycling. Marine biogeochemistry focuses on the study of complex biological, chemical, and physical processes involved in the cycling of key chemical elements within the ocean, and between the ocean and the seafloor, land and atmosphere. The ocean is increasingly perturbed by human induced alterations to our planet, including anthropogenic emissions of nitrogen, phosphorus, carbon and trace elements, and climate change. The establishment of a detailed understanding of biogeochemical processes, including their rates, is essential to the identification and assessment of climatic and chemical feedbacks associated with changes in the chemical and physical environment that are mediated through ocean biology, chemistry and physics. Important research areas in marine biogeochemistry involve the cycling of organic and inorganic forms of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus, the cycling and biological roles of essential trace elements, and the fate and climatic impact of marine produced trace gases.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: marine biogeochemistry, oceanic carbon and nutrient cycling, trace element biogeochemistry, air-sea exchange of greenhouse gases, oceans and climate change
Research affiliation: OceanRep > SFB 754
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-CH Chemical Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.3389/fmars.2014.00007
ISSN: 2296-7745
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2014 11:27
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2019 00:05

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