Implementing a Southern Ocean Observing System

Schofield, Oscar; Meredith, Michael ORCID:; Newman, Louise; Sparrow, Michael; Urban, Ed. 2012 Implementing a Southern Ocean Observing System. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, 93 (26). 241-243.

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The Southern Ocean is fundamental to the operation of the Earth system. It is the central connection among the major ocean basins and between the upper and lower layers of the global ocean circulation. It influences global climate and planetary-scale biogeochemical cycles, because the Southern Ocean accounts for half of the annual ocean uptake of anthropogenic carbon from the atmosphere [Rintoul et al., 2001; Le Quéré et al., 2007; Meredith et al., 2012]. The Southern Ocean also supplies nutrients that fertilize the majority of global ocean biological productivity north of 30°S [Sarmiento et al., 2004].

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: BAS Programmes > Polar Science for Planet Earth (2009 - ) > Polar Oceans
ISSN: 0096-3941
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Not subject to U.S. copyright. Published 2012 American Geophysical Union. Further reproduction or electronic distribution is not permitted.
Additional Keywords: Souther Ocean, ocean observing, climate change
Date made live: 19 Mar 2013 12:46 +0 (UTC)

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