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Controlling factors analysis of pCO2 distribution in the Western Arctic Ocean in summertime
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The uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) by the Arctic Ocean has been changing because of the rapid sea-ice retreat with global warming. The Chukchi Sea is the only gateway of the warm and nutrient-rich Pacific Ocean water flowing into the North Pole, and the high productivity-water had great impact on the CO2 uptake by the Arctic Ocean. We used the in situ underway data of aquatic partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2), temperature and salinity, as well as the remote sensing data of sea ice concentration, chlorophyll concentration, sea surface temperature in August in 2008, 2011 and 2012 to analyze the major controlling factors of aquatic pCO2 in the Western Arctic Ocean. We analyzed the pCO2 variation under the effects of thermodynamic process (temperature), mixing of water mass (salinity), biological drawdown (chlorophyll), and sea ice concentration. The aquatic pCO2 was generally unsaturation relative to the atmospheric CO2 in most of the Western Arctic Ocean. According to different controlling mechanisms, the study area was divided into three parts: the area affected by the Pacific Ocean water (mainly in the Chukchi Sea), the area where sea ice mostly melted with weak biological production (the southern Canada Basin and the Western Beaufort Sea), and the area mostly covered by sea ice (the Northern Canada Basin). The aquatic pCO2 was low in the Chukchi Sea with the influence of the Pacific Ocean water. While, pCO2 in the area where sea ice melted was up to 360-380 μatm because of warming, CO2 invasion from the atmosphere, and a low biological production. For the Canada Basin, it was controlled by temperature change and sea ice cover. The remote sensing data in large spatial-temporal scale can help to understand the pCO2 variation and its response to global change; and it needs to develop satellite algorithm of pCO2 based on the quantification of controlling processes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 2015
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9638, Remote Sensing of the Ocean, Sea Ice, Coastal Waters, and Large Water Regions 2015, 96380U (14 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2194668
Show Author Affiliations
Xuelian Song, The Second Institute of Oceanography, SOA (China)
Yan Bai, The Second Institute of Oceanography, SOA (China)
Zengzhou Hao, The Second Institute of Oceanography, SOA (China)
Qiankun Zhun, The Second Institute of Oceanography, SOA (China)
Jianyu Chen, The Second Institute of Oceanography, SOA (China)
Fang Gong, The Second Institute of Oceanography, SOA (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9638:
Remote Sensing of the Ocean, Sea Ice, Coastal Waters, and Large Water Regions 2015
Charles R. Bostater; Stelios P. Mertikas; Xavier Neyt, Editor(s)

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