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Regional variation of spring N-uptake and new production in the Southern Ocean


Savoye, N and Dehairs, F and Elskens, M and Cardinal, D and Kopczynska, EE and Trull, T and Wright, S and Baeyebs, W and Griffiths, FB, Regional variation of spring N-uptake and new production in the Southern Ocean, Geophysical Research Letters, 31, (3) pp. L03301. ISSN 0094-8276 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1029/2003GL018946


Nitrate, ammonium and urea uptake were examined in the Southern Ocean (Australian sector) during the 2001 austral spring. On the basis of N-uptake conditions, three regions were distinguished: (1) the Sub-Antarctic Zone and the Sub-Antarctic Front, (2) the Polar and Inter-Polar Frontal Zones, and (3) the Antarctic Zone-South and the Seasonal Ice Zone. N-uptake was highest in region 3 and dominated by new production. Region 1 had the lowest N-uptake, and switched from regenerated to new production between two visits approximately 1 month apart. Region 2 displayed intermediate N-uptake and the lowest new production. This contrasts with previous study at 170°W where new production was high around the Polar Front and indicates that this area is not highly productive nor particle-exporting at all longitudes. Overall, N-uptake and new production were low all along the latitudinal transect compared to other areas of the Southern Ocean under spring conditions. Copyright 2004 by the American Geophysical Union.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Chemical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Measurement and assessment of marine water quality and condition
UTAS Author:Trull, T (Professor Thomas Trull)
UTAS Author:Griffiths, FB (Mr F. Brian Griffiths)
ID Code:32088
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:IASOS
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2011-10-06

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