Processes regulating iron supply at the mesoscale - Ross Sea
Entry ID: PRISM-RS

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Abstract: The Ross Sea continental shelf is one of the most productive areas in the Southern Ocean, and may comprise a significant, but unaccounted for, oceanic CO2 sink, largely driven by phytoplankton production. The processes that control the magnitude of primary production in this region are not well understood, but data suggest that iron limitation is a factor. Field observations and model simulations ... View entire text

Purpose: These hypotheses will be tested through a combination of in situ observations and numerical modeling, complemented by satellite remote sensing. In situ observations will be obtained during a month-long cruise in the austral summer. The field data will be incorporated into model simulations, which allow quantification of the relative contributions of the various hypothesized iron supply mechanisms, and assessment of their impact on primary production. The research will provide new insights and a mechanistic understanding of the complex oceanographic phenomena that regulate iron supply, primary production, and biogeochemical cycling. The research will thus form the basis for predictions about how this system may change in a warming climate.
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Data Center URL: http://www.bco-dmo.org

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Name: CINDY CHANDLER
Contact Address:
WHOI
City: Woods Hole
Country: USA
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Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: +1 508 289 2683
Fax: +1 508 457 2194
Email: mcgillic at whoi.edu
Contact Address:
WHOI
City: Woods Hole
Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 02543
Country: USA
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DIF Creation Date: 2011-12-16
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-05-04
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