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H. Thomas; Y. Bozec; H. J. W. de Baar; K. Elkalay; M. Frankignoulle; L.-S. Schiettecatte; G. Kattner; A. V. Borges (2005)
Publisher: Copernicus Publications
Journal: Biogeosciences
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: Ecology, [ PHYS.ASTR.CO ] Physics [physics]/Astrophysics [astro-ph]/Cosmology and Extra-Galactic Astrophysics [astro-ph.CO], [ SDU.STU ] Sciences of the Universe [physics]/Earth Sciences, [ SDU.ENVI ] Sciences of the Universe [physics]/Continental interfaces, environment, [ SDU.OCEAN ] Sciences of the Universe [physics]/Ocean, Atmosphere, QH540-549.5, QE1-996.5, QH501-531, Geology, [ SDU.ASTR ] Sciences of the Universe [physics]/Astrophysics [astro-ph], Life
International audience; A carbon budget has been established for the North Sea, a shelf sea on the NW European continental shelf. The carbon exchange fluxes with the North Atlantic Ocean dominate the gross carbon budget. The net carbon budget ? more relevant to the issue of the contribution of the coastal ocean to the marine carbon cycle ? is dominated by the carbon inputs from rivers, the Baltic Sea and the atmosphere. The North Sea acts as a sink for organic carbon and thus can be characterised as a heterotrophic system. The dominant carbon sink is the final export to the North Atlantic Ocean. More than 90% of the CO2 taken up from the atmosphere is exported to the North Atlantic Ocean making the North Sea a highly efficient continental shelf pump for carbon.

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