publication . Article . 2010

CLIMATE IMPACT ON THE OCEAN CO2SINK

Corinne Le Quéré; Taro Takahashi; Erik T. Buitenhuis; Christian Rödenbeck; Stewart C. Sutherland;
Open Access English
  • Published: 26 Oct 2010
  • Publisher: American Geophysical Union
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
About one quarter of the CO<sub>2</sub> emitted to the atmosphere by human activities is absorbed annually by the ocean. All the processes that influence the oceanic uptake of CO<sub>2</sub> are controlled by climate. Hence changes in climate (both natural and human-induced) are expected to alter the uptake of CO<sub>2</sub> by the ocean. However, available information that constrains the direction, magnitude, or rapidity of the response of ocean CO<sub>2</sub> to changes in climate is limited. We present an analysis of oceanic CO<sub>2</sub> trends for 1981 to 2007 from data and a model. Our analysis suggests that the global ocean responded to recent changes in...
Subjects
free text keywords: Marine Sciences, Meteorology and Climatology, Atmospheric Sciences, Atmospheric Science, Global and Planetary Change, General Environmental Science, Environmental Chemistry, Climatology, Effects of global warming, Runaway climate change, Global warming, Effects of global warming on oceans, Oceanography, Climate change, Geology, Climate commitment, Abrupt climate change, Ocean heat content
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