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Sensitivity of global ocean biogeochemical dynamics to ecosystem structure in a future climate

Manizza, Manfredi; Buitenhuis, Erik T.; Le Quéré, Corinne. 2010 Sensitivity of global ocean biogeochemical dynamics to ecosystem structure in a future climate. Geophysical Research Letters, 37 (13), L13607. 5, pp. 10.1029/2010GL04336

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Abstract/Summary

Terrestrial and oceanic ecosystem components of the Earth System models (ESMs) are key to predict the future behavior of the global carbon cycle. Ocean ecosystem models represent low complexity compared to terrestrial ecosystem models. In this study we use two ocean biogeochemical models based on the explicit representation of multiple planktonic functional types. We impose to the models the same future physical perturbation and compare the response of ecosystem dynamics, export production (EP) and ocean carbon uptake (OCU) to the same physical changes. Models comparison shows that: (1) EP changes directly translate into changes of OCU on decadal time scale, (2) the representation of ecosystem structure plays a pivotal role at linking OCU and EP, (3) OCU is highly sensitive to representation of ecosystem in the Equatorial Pacific and Southern Oceans. Citation: Manizza, M., E. T. Buitenhuis, and C. Le Quere (2010), Sensitivity of global ocean biogeochemical dynamics to ecosystem structure in a future climate, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L13607, doi: 10.1029/2010GL043360.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1029/2010GL04336
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Polar Science for Planet Earth (2009 - ) > Polar Oceans
ISSN: 0094-8276
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Meteorology and Climatology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 06 Oct 2010 12:51
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/10849

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