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The carbon budget of the North Sea
Thomas, H.; Bozec, Y.; de Baar, H.J.W.; Elkalay, K.; Frankignoulle, M.; Schiettecatte, L.-S.; Borges, A.V. (2005). The carbon budget of the North Sea. Biogeosciences 2(1): 87-96
In: Gattuso, J.P.; Kesselmeier, J. (Ed.) Biogeosciences. Copernicus Publications: Göttingen. ISSN 1726-4170, more
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  • Thomas, H.; Bozec, Y.; de Baar, H.J.W.; Elkalay, K.; Frankignoulle, M.; Schiettecatte, L.-S.; Borges, A.V. (2004). The carbon budget of the North Sea. Biogeosci. Discuss. 1: 367-392, more
  • Thomas, H.; Bozec, Y.; de Baar, H.J.W.; Elkalay, K.; Frankignoulle, M.; Schiettecatte, L.-S.; Borges, A.V. (2005). The carbon budget of the North Sea, in: Bozec, Y. Process studies of the biological pump of carbon dioxide in the North Sea and Southern Ocean. pp. 113-132, more

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Keywords
    Air-water exchanges; Carbon; Carbon cycle; Carbon sinks; ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]; Marine

Authors  Top 
  • Thomas, H., more
  • Bozec, Y.
  • de Baar, H.J.W.
  • Elkalay, K.
  • Frankignoulle, M., more
  • Schiettecatte, L.-S., more
  • Borges, A.V., more

Abstract
    A carbon budget has been established for the North Sea, a shelf sea of the NW European continental shelf. The air-sea exchange of CO2 has been assessed as closing term of the budget. The carbon exchange fluxes with the North Atlantic Ocean dominate the gross carbon budget. The net carbon budget - more relevant to the issue of the contribution of the coastal ocean to the marine carbon cycle - is dominated by the carbon inputs from rivers, the Baltic Sea and the atmosphere. The dominant carbon sink is the final export to the North Atlantic Ocean. The North Sea acts as a sink for organic carbon. More than 90% of the CO2 taken up from the atmosphere is exported to the North Atlantic Ocean making the North Sea a highly efficient continental shelf pump for carbon.

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