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Biogeosciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Biogeosciences, 13, 3109-3129, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3109-2016
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30 May 2016
Robotic observations of high wintertime carbon export in California coastal waters
James K. B. Bishop et al.

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Is the ocean’s biological carbon pump stable or changing? The Carbon Flux Explorer (CFE), capable of year-long missions without tending ships, was invented to address this question. The CFE dives to 1000 m depths and drifts with currents to optically measure the downward flux of sinking carbon using imaging methods. During wintertime tests in California coastal waters, the CFE observed fluxes ∼10 times higher than previously reported. Traditional approaches have undersampled > 1 mm aggregates.
Is the ocean’s biological carbon pump stable or changing? The Carbon Flux Explorer (CFE),...
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