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An operational monitoring system to provide indicators of CO2-related variables in the ocean

Hardman-Mountford, N.J.; Moore, G.; Bakker, D.C.E.; Watson, A.J.; Schuster, U.; Barciela, R.; Hines, A.; Moncoiffe, G.; Brown, J.; Dye, S.; Blackford, J.; Somerfield, P.J.; Holt, J.; Hydes, D.J.; Aiken, J.. 2008 An operational monitoring system to provide indicators of CO2-related variables in the ocean. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 65 (8). 1498-1503. 10.1093/icesjms/fsn110

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Abstract/Summary

Demand by governments and scientists is increasing for indicators of CO2-related variables for the ocean. We describe a recent project, CARBON-OPS, during which a "supply chain" was developed for automated measurement of pCO(2) in the surface of the ocean, data processing, and its use in providing information for research and policy development. Data are gathered by new pCO(2) measurement systems on five UK research ships in the Southern Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and northwestern European shelf seas. These send data in near-real-time, via satellite communication systems, to the British Oceanographic Data Centre, where they are automatically processed, quality controlled, and archived. The data are then delivered to the UK Met Office and others for use in testing predictions from operational ocean models. These models will generate indicator products and assist government through the Marine Climate Change Impact Partnership, a partnership of scientists, government, its agencies, and NGOs, by providing information on ocean CO2 uptake, changes in ocean pH, and potential impacts on global climate and marine ecosystems

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1093/icesjms/fsn110
Programmes: POL Programmes > Sea-level, bottom pressure and space geodesy > Continuous ocean monitoring methods
ISSN: 1054-3139
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Addresses: 1. Plymouth Marine Lab, Plymouth, Devon England 2. Univ E Anglia, Sch Environm Sci, Norwich NR4 7TJ, Norfolk England 3. Met Off, Exeter, Devon England 4. Univ Liverpool, British Oceanog Data Ctr, Liverpool L69 3BX, Merseyside England 5. Ctr Environm Fisheries & Aquaculture Sci, Lowestoft, Suffolk England 6. Univ Liverpool, Proudman Oceanog Lab, Liverpool L69 3BX, Merseyside England 7. Natl Oceanog Ctr, Southampton, Hants England
Additional Keywords: ANTHROPOGENIC CO2; ECOSYSTEMS; ACIDIFICATION; IMPACT; SINK
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Date made live: 03 Feb 2009 11:37
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5382

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