Radium Isotopes across the Arctic Ocean show Time Scales of Water Mass Ventilation and Increasing Shelf Inputs.

Rutgers van der Loeff, Michiel, Kipp, Lauren, Charette, Matthew A., Moore, Willard S., Black, Erin, Stimac, Ingrid, Charkin, Alexander, Bauch, Dorothea , Valk, Ole, Karcher, Michael, Krumpen, Thomas, Casacuberta, Núria, Smethie, William and Rember, Robert (2018) Radium Isotopes across the Arctic Ocean show Time Scales of Water Mass Ventilation and Increasing Shelf Inputs. Open Access Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123 (7). pp. 4853-4873. DOI 10.1029/2018JC013888.

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The first full transarctic section of 228Ra in surface waters measured during GEOTRACES cruises PS94 and HLY1502 (2015) shows a consistent distribution with maximum activities in the Transpolar Drift. Activities in the central Arctic have increased from 2007 through 2011 to 2015. The increased 228Ra input is attributed to stronger wave action on shelves resulting from a longer ice‐free season. A concomitant decrease in the 228Th/228Ra ratio likely results from more rapid transit of surface waters depleted in 228Th by scavenging over the shelf.

The 228Ra activities observed in intermediate waters (< 1500m) in the Amundsen Basin are explained by ventilation with shelf water on a time scale of about 15‐18 years, in good agreement with estimates based on SF6 and 129I/236U.

The 228Th excess below the mixed layer up to 1500m depth can complement 234Th and 210Po as tracers of export production, after correction for the inherent excess resulting from the similarity of 228Ra and 228Th decay times. We show with a Th/Ra profile model that the 228Th/228Ra ratio below 1500m is inappropriate for this purpose because it is a delicate balance between horizontal supply of 228Ra and vertical flux of particulate 228Th.

The accumulation of 226Ra in the deep Makarov Basin is not associated with an accumulation of Ba and can therefore be attributed to supply from decay of 230Th in the bottom sediment. We estimate a ventilation time of 480 years for the deep Makarov‐Canada Basin, in good agreement with previous estimates using other tracers.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: The data used in this paper are provided in the supporting information and, where indicated, in the PANGAEA database (www.pangaea.de). 228Ra and 226Ra data of the HLY1502 expedition can be found at https://www.bco-dmo.org/dataset/718440.
Keywords: Radium‐228, Thorium‐228, Arctic Ocean, Transpolar Drift, GEOTRACES, expeditions TRANSARC I + II
Research affiliation: Woods Hole
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-P-OZ Paleo-Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
Publisher: AGU (American Geophysical Union), Wiley
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2018 12:31
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 10:54
URI: https://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/43252

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