What is the Sensitivity of Ocean Biogeochemistry to the Efficiency of the Biological Carbon Pump?
OCCI Funded Project: 2008
The factors controlling the efficiency with which
particulate organic carbon is transferred from surface to depth are still not
well understood, and as a result, the biological carbon pump is crudely
represented in global models. Here, we propose a three step data analysis and
1) to test the sensitivity of a global ocean
biogeochemical-ecosystem-circulation model to the representation of the
2) to use the new data syntheses to develop and incorporate
more mechanistic rules for the
representation of the biological pump in the ocean model, and
3) to test the response of the biological pump to future changes in climate.