The reinvigoration of the Southern Ocean carbon sink

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Author(s) Landschützer, Peter, Gruber, Nicolas, Haumann, F. Alexander, Rödenbeck, Christian, Bakker, Dorothee C.E., Heuven, Steven van, Hoppema, Mario, Metzl, Nicolas, Sweeney, Colm, Takahashi, Taro, Tilbrook, Bronte, Wanninkhof, Rik
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Title The reinvigoration of the Southern Ocean carbon sink
Author(s) Landschützer, Peter
Gruber, Nicolas
Haumann, F. Alexander
Rödenbeck, Christian
Bakker, Dorothee C.E.
Heuven, Steven van
Hoppema, Mario
Metzl, Nicolas
Sweeney, Colm
Takahashi, Taro
Tilbrook, Bronte
Wanninkhof, Rik
Journal or Series Title Science
Volume Number 349
Issue Number 6253
Start Page 1221
End Page 1224
ISSN 0036-8075
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Publication Place Washington, DC
Publication Date 2015-09
Abstract Several studies have suggested that the carbon sink in the Southern Ocean—the ocean’s strongest region for the uptake of anthropogenic CO2 —has weakened in recent decades. We demonstrated, on the basis of multidecadal analyses of surface ocean CO2 observations, that this weakening trend stopped around 2002, and by 2012, the Southern Ocean had regained its expected strength based on the growth of atmospheric CO2. All three Southern Ocean sectors have contributed to this reinvigoration of the carbon sink, yet differences in the processes between sectors exist, related to a tendency toward a zonally more asymmetric atmospheric circulation. The large decadal variations in the Southern Ocean carbon sink suggest a rather dynamic ocean carbon cycle that varies more in time than previously recognized.
DOI 10.1126/science.aab2620
Document Type Article
Publication Status Published
Language English
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  title = "{T}he reinvigoration of the {S}outhern {O}cean carbon sink",
  journal = "Science",
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  month = sep,

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