December 3, 2007

New report describes sources of carbon dioxide in the U.S.

carbon-rpt-cover-100MBARI oceanographer Francisco Chavez served as one of two lead authors on the Coastal Ocean chapter of the recently released State of the Carbon Cycle Report. This report, the first of its kind, was prepared as part of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. The Coastal Ocean chapter describes how coastal waters take up carbon (for example, during algal blooms) and release it (for example, when upwelling brings high-CO2 water from the depths up toward the surface). This chapter also includes unique data on ocean CO2 concentrations that were collected during Chavez’ oceanographic cruises and by MBARI’s monitoring buoys.

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