Oceanic Eddies May Not Help The Southern Ocean To Absorb Atmospheric CO2
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Dr. Sebastien Moreau Is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). He studies the biogeochemical cycle of carbon in the Southern Ocean, from frontal jets and eddies to the sea ice zone.

                       

Oceanic Eddies May Not Help The Southern Ocean To Absorb Atmospheric CO2

The oceans have the capacity to slow down climate change by absorbing the atmospheric CO2 emitted by human activities. Australian scientists now question the role of oceanic eddies in absorbing atmospheric CO2. In the ocean, the absorption of CO2 is mainly carried by the phytoplankton, the microscopic plants that grow in the sunlit surface waters. The oceans take up more than 25% of human CO2 emissions annually, and the Southern Ocean, a particularly important sink, is responsible for 40% of...

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