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New estimates of Southern Ocean annual net community production revealed by BGC-Argo floats

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Using an expanding Southern Ocean fleet of biogeochemical Argo (BGC-Argo) floats, we developed a novel approach to estimate annual net community production (ANCP) by integrating subsurface oxygen drawdown from all available BGC-Argo oxygen profiles. Our results suggest that, on average, 14% of remineralization occurs between 500 and 1000 m and 15% occurs between the euphotic depth and 100 m. Using the improved methodology, we estimated total basin-integrated ANCP in the Southern Ocean to be 3.89 GT C year-1 suggesting a more important role for the Southern Ocean in regulating oceanic carbon storage, atmospheric CO2 exchange and climate than previously assumed.

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Australian Research Council

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Publication title

Geophysical Research Letters

Volume

49

Issue

15

Article number

e2021GL097372

Number

e2021GL097372

Pagination

1-10

ISSN

0094-8276

Department/School

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

Publisher

Amer Geophysical Union

Place of publication

2000 Florida Ave Nw, Washington, USA, Dc, 20009

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© 2022. The Authors. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) License, (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/) which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

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Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes

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