Understanding the Arabian Sea: Reflections on the 1994-1996 Arabian Sea Expedition

S. L. Smith

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The Arabian Sea Expedition, now five years past its field observations, is at a stage when some of its dominant themes can be summarized. Of the large range of possible topics, five are considered here: (1) Is the Arabian Sea a source or sink for carbon dioxide?; (2) Is the Arabian Sea Mother Nature's iron experiment?; (3) Do grazing zooplankton control carbon flux to the seabed?; (4) Does the paleoceanographic record help us predict the ocean's response to climate change?; and (5) What are the predominant physical processes of the Arabian Sea? A short history of each issue and results from the field work of 1994-1996 are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1385-1402
Number of pages18
JournalDeep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Issue number6-7
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography


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