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The Ocean Carbon Cycle and Climate : NATO Science Series IV: Earth and Environmental Sciences (Hardcover) - Mick Follows

The Ocean Carbon Cycle and Climate

NATO Science Series IV: Earth and Environmental Sciences (Hardcover)

By: Mick Follows (Editor), Temel Oguz (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 3rd August 2004
ISBN: 9781402020858
Number Of Pages: 395

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Our desire to understand the global carbon cycle and its link to the climate system represents a huge challenge. These overarching questions have driven a great deal of scientific endeavour in recent years: What are the basic oceanic mechanisms which control the oceanic carbon reservoirs and the partitioning of carbon between ocean and atmosphere? How do these mechanisms depend on the state of the climate system and how does the carbon cycle feed back on climate? What is the current rate at which fossil fuel carbon dioxide is absorbed by the oceans and how might this change in the future? To begin to answer these questions we must first understand the distribution of carbon in the ocean, its partitioning between different ocean reservoirs (the "solubility" and "biological" pumps of carbon), the mechanisms controlling these reservoirs, and the relationship of the significant physical and biological processes to the physical environment. The recent surveys from the JGOFS and WOCE (Joint Global Ocean Flux Study and World Ocean Circulation Ex­ periment) programs have given us a first truly global survey of the physical and biogeochemical properties of the ocean. These new, high quality data provide the opportunity to better quantify the present oceans reservoirs of carbon and the changes due to fossil fuel burning. In addition, diverse process studies and time-series observations have clearly revealed the complexity of interactions between nutrient cycles, ecosystems, the carbon-cycle and the physical envi­ ronment.

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List of Contributors
Ocean carbonate chemistry: the aquatic chemistry fundamentals
A primer on dissolved organic material and heterotrophic prokaryotes in the ocean
Modelling the response of the biological pump to climate change
The dynamics of the marine nitrogen cycle and its influence on atmospheric CO2 variations
Exploration of biogeochemical temporal variability
Remote sensing of the ocean from space
Mechanisms controlling the air-sea flux of CO2 in the North Atlantic
The role of the oceans in the global carbon cycle: an overview
Ocean carbon cycle in a changing climate: climate change detection
Glacial-interglacial CO2 variations
Data assimilation into marine carbon models
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ISBN: 9781402020858
ISBN-10: 1402020856
Series: NATO Science Series IV: Earth and Environmental Sciences (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 395
Published: 3rd August 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.74