Sea-air flux of CO2 in the North Pacific using shipboard and satellite data

M. P. Stephens, G. Samuels, D. B. Olson, R. A. Fine, T. Takahashi

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A method has been developed to produce high-resolution maps of pCO2 in surface water for the North Pacific using satellite sea surface temperature (SST) data and statistical relationships between measured pCO2 and temperature. In the subtropical North Pacific the pCO2 in seawater is controlled primarily by temperature. Accordingly, pCO2 values that are calculated from the satellite SST data have good agreement with the measured values (rms deviation of ± 17 μatm). In the northwestern subpolar region the PCO2 is controlled not only by temperature, but also by significant seasonal changes in the total CO2 concentration, which are caused by seasonal changes in primary production, mixing with subsurface waters, and sea-air exchange. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13,571-13,583
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberC7
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

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