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1 Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research 2 Geophysical Institute Bergen 3 Marine Chemistry

Abstract : We present the first year-long subpolar trans-Atlantic set of surface seawater CO2 fugacity fCO2sw data. The data were obtained aboard the MV Nuka Arctica in 2005 and provide a quasi-continuous picture of the fCO2sw variability between Denmark and Greenland. Complementary real-time high-resolution data of surface chlorophyll-a chl-a concentrations and mixed layer depth MLD estimates have been collocated with the fCO2sw data. Off-shelf fCO2sw data exhibit a pronounced seasonal cycle. In winter, surface waters are saturated to slightly supersaturated over a wide range of temperatures. Through spring and summer, fCO2sw decreases by approximately 60 ?atm, due to biological carbon consumption, which is not fully counteracted by the fCO2sw increase due to summer warming. The changes are synchronous with changes in chl-a concentrations and MLD, both of which are exponentially correlated with fCO2sw in off-shelf regions.

Author: A. Olsen - K. R. Brown - M. Chierici - T. Johannessen - C. Neill -



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