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Observing biogeochemical cycles at global scales with profiling floats and gliders : prospects for a globalaArray


Johnson, KS and Berelson, WM and Boss, ES and Chase, Z and Claustre, H and Emerson, SR and Gruber, N and Kortzinger, A and Perry, MJ and Riser, SC, Observing biogeochemical cycles at global scales with profiling floats and gliders : prospects for a globalaArray, Oceanography, 22, (3) pp. 216-225. ISSN 1042-8275 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2009 by The Oceanography Society

DOI: doi:10.5670/oceanog.2009.81


Chemical and biological sensor technologies have advanced rapidly in the past five years. Sensors that require low power and operate for multiple years are now available for oxygen, nitrate, and a variety of bio-optical properties that serve as proxies for important components of the carbon cycle (e.g., particulate organic carbon). These sensors have all been deployed successfully for long periods, in some cases more than three years, on platforms such as profiling floats or gliders. Technologies for pH, pCO2, and particulate inorganic carbon are maturing rapidly as well. These sensors could serve as the enabling technology for a global biogeochemical observing system that might operate on a scale comparable to the current Argo array. Here, we review the scientific motivation and the prospects for a global observing system for ocean biogeochemistry.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:floats gliders biogeochemistry
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Chemical oceanography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Chase, Z (Professor Zanna Chase)
ID Code:79529
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:132
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2012-09-18
Last Modified:2012-11-06

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