Biogeosciences Discuss., 4, 1815-1837, 2007
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Anthropogenic carbon in the eastern South Pacific Ocean
L. Azouzi1, R. Gonçalves Ito2, F. Touratier1, and C. Goyet1
1BDSI, Université de Perpignan, 52 avenue Paul Alduy, 66860 Perpignan, France
2Instituto Oceanográfico, Universidade de São Paulo, Pça. do Oceanográfico, 191 Cidade Universitária, 05508-900 São Paulo-SP, Brasil

Abstract. We present results from the BIOSOPE cruise in the eastern South Pacific Ocean. In particular, we present estimates of the anthropogenic carbon CantTrOCA distribution in this area using the TrOCA method recently developed by Touratier and Goyet (2004a, b) and Touratier et al. (2007). We study the distribution of this anthropogenic carbon taking into account of the hydrodynamic characteristics of this region. We then compare these results with earlier estimates in nearby areas of the anthropogenic carbon as well as other anthropogenic tracer (CFC-11). The highest concentrations of CantTrOCA are located around 13° S 132° W and 32° S 91° W, and their concentrations are larger than 80 μmol kg−1 and 70 μmol kg−1, respectively. The lowest concentrations were observed below 800 m depths (≤2 μ mol kg−1) and at the Oxygen Minimum Zones (OMZ), mainly around 140° W (<11 μmol kg−1). The comparison with earlier work in nearby areas provides a general trend and indicates that the results presented here are in general agreement with previous knowledge. This work further improves our understanding on the penetration of anthropogenic carbon in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Citation: Azouzi, L., Gonçalves Ito, R., Touratier, F., and Goyet, C.: Anthropogenic carbon in the eastern South Pacific Ocean, Biogeosciences Discuss., 4, 1815-1837, doi:10.5194/bgd-4-1815-2007, 2007.
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