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Role of the seasonal cycle in coupling climate and carbon cycling in the Subantarctic Zone

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Montiero, PMS and Boyd, PW and Bellerby, R, Role of the seasonal cycle in coupling climate and carbon cycling in the Subantarctic Zone, Eos, 92, (28) pp. 235-236. ISSN 0096-3941 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]


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DOI: doi:10.1029/2011EO280007

Abstract

There is increasing evidence in the Southern Ocean that mesoscales and seasonal scales play an important role in the coupling of ocean carbon cycling and climate. The seasonal cycle is one of the strongest modes of variability in different components of the carbon cycle in the Southern Ocean. It is also the mode that couples climate forcing to ecosystem responses such as productivity and ultimately biogeochemical signals including carbon export. However, not only are these scales of coupling poorly understood, but also there appear to be important regional differences in the way they couple climate to carbon. With this as an overarching theme, a workshop in South Africa brought together scientists working in the Southern Ocean, the waters south of Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The importance of the Subantarctic Zone (SAZ) as a carbon sink made it an ideal system on which to focus the workshop.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Climate Change Adaptation Measures
Author:Boyd, PW (Professor Philip Boyd)
ID Code:95614
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2014-10-06
Last Modified:2014-10-06
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