Pacific anthropogenic carbon between 1991 and 2017

TitlePacific anthropogenic carbon between 1991 and 2017
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsCarter BR, Feely R.A, Wanninkhof R, Kouketsu S., Sonnerup R.E, Pardo P.C, Sabine C.L, Johnson G.C, Sloyan BM, Murata A., Mecking S., Tilbrook B., Speer K, Talley LD, Millero F.J, Wijffels S.E, Macdonald A.M, Gruber N, Bullister J.L
Volume33
Pagination597-617
Date Published2019/05
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0886-6236
Accession NumberWOS:000470318300005
Keywordsacidification; Antarctic Bottom Water; circulation; co2 uptake; dissolved inorganic carbon; Environmental Sciences & Ecology; Geology; global ocean; increase; Meteorology & Atmospheric; northeast pacific; sciences; simulation; southern-ocean
Abstract

We estimate anthropogenic carbon (C-anth) accumulation rates in the Pacific Ocean between 1991 and 2017 from 14 hydrographic sections that have been occupied two to four times over the past few decades, with most sections having been recently measured as part of the Global Ocean Ship-based Hydrographic Investigations Program. The rate of change of C-anth is estimated using a new method that combines the extended multiple linear regression method with improvements to address the challenges of analyzing multiple occupations of sections spaced irregularly in time. The C-anth accumulation rate over the top 1,500 m of the Pacific increased from 8.8 (+/- 1.1, 1 sigma) Pg of carbon per decade between 1995 and 2005 to 11.7 (+/- 1.1) PgC per decade between 2005 and 2015. For the entire Pacific, about half of this decadal increase in the accumulation rate is attributable to the increase in atmospheric CO2, while in the South Pacific subtropical gyre this fraction is closer to one fifth. This suggests a substantial enhancement of the accumulation of C-anth in the South Pacific by circulation variability and implies that a meaningful portion of the reinvigoration of the global CO2 sink that occurred between similar to 2000 and similar to 2010 could be driven by enhanced ocean C-anth uptake and advection into this gyre. Our assessment suggests that the accuracy of C-anth accumulation rate reconstructions along survey lines is limited by the accuracy of the full suite of hydrographic data and that a continuation of repeated surveys is a critical component of future carbon cycle monitoring.

DOI10.1029/2018gb006154
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