Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Rachel Stanley

»Patchiness in Net Community Production
»Microphytobenthos Photosynthesis
»Apparent Oxygen Utilization Rates
»Biological Production in Western Equatorial Pacifific
»Improved Air-Sea Gas Exchange Parameterization
»Measuring Noble Gases
»Design Experiment: Air-Sea Gas Exchange
»Neutrally Buoyant Sediment Traps
»Tritium in Trees
»Heavy Metals in Trees
»Clumping of Oligonucleotides

Stanley, R.H.R., Kirkpatrick, J.B., Cassar, N., Barnett, B. A., and Bender, M. L., Net Community Production and Gross Primary Production Rates in the Western Equatorial Pacific, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 2010

Net community production (NCP) and gross primary production (GPP) are two key metrics for quantifying the biological carbon cycle. In this study, we present a detailed characterization of NCP and GPP in the western equatorial Pacific during August and September 2006. We use continuous measurements of dissolved gases (O2 and Ar) in the surface water in order to quantify NCP at subkilometer scale resolution. We constrain GPP in discrete samples using the triple isotopic composition of O2. We find the average NCP in the western equatorial Pacific is 5.9 ± 0.9 mmol O2 m−2 d−1 (equivalent to 1.5 ± 0.2 mol C m−2 yr−1 with error estimates reflecting 1s confidence levels) and the average GPP is 121 ± 34 mmol O2 m−2 d−1 (equivalent to 32 ± 9 mol C m−2 yr−1). The measurements reveal significant spatial variability on length scales as small as 50 km. The NCP/GPP ratio is 5.7% ± 1.8%. We also present results for NCP and GPP in the coastal area off Papua New Guinea and for GPP in the central Pacific along the equator.

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