publication . Thesis . 2012

Spatio-temporal Variability in Surface Ocean pCO2 Inferred from Observations

Jones, Steve;
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  • Published: 01 Nov 2012
  • Country: Somalia
The variability of surface ocean pCO2 is examined on multiple spatial and temporal scales. Temporal autocorrelation analysis is used to examine pCO2 variability over multiple years. Spatial autocorrelation analysis describes pCO2 variability over multiple spatial scales. Spatial autocorrelation lengths range between <50 km in coastal regions and other areas of physical turbulence up to 3,000 km along major currents. Analysis of the drivers of pCO2 shows that ocean currents are the primary driver of spatial variability. Autocorrelation lengths of air-sea CO2 fluxes are approximately half as long as for pCO2 due to the effects of highly variable wind speeds. The i...
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