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dc.contributor.authorJickells, T.D.-
dc.contributor.authorPedrós-Alió, Carlos-
dc.contributor.authorSimó, Rafel-
dc.contributor.authorDeGrandpre, M.D.-
dc.identifier.citationProgress in Oceanography 76(3): 366-398 (2008)en_US
dc.descriptionJickells, T.D. ... et. al.-- 34 pages, 6 tables, 10 figuresen_US
dc.description.abstractWe report the results of an experiment in the Northeast Atlantic in which sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) was released within an eddy and the behaviour of trace gases, nutrients and productivity followed within a Lagrangian framework over a period of 24 days. Measurements were also made in the air above the eddy in order to estimate air–sea exchange rates for some components. The physical, biological and biogeochemical properties of the eddy resemble those of other eddies studied in this area, suggesting that the results we report may be applicable beyond the specific eddy studied. During a period of low wind speed at the start of the experiment, we are able to quantitatively describe and balance the nutrient and carbon budgets for the eddy. We also report concentrations of various trace gases in the region which are similar to those observed in other studies and we estimate exchange rates for several trace gases. We show that the importance of gas exchange over other loss terms varies with time and also varies for the different gases. We show that the various trace gases considered (CO2, dimethyl sulphide (DMS), N2O, CH4, non-methane-hydrocarbons, methyl bromide, methyl iodide and volatile selenium species) are all influenced by physical and biological processes, but the overall distribution and temporal variability of individual gases are different to one another. A storm disrupted the stratification in the eddy during the experiment, resulting in enhanced nutrient supply to surface waters, enhanced gas exchange rates and a change in plankton community, which we quantify, although overall productivity was little changed. Emphasis is placed on the regularity of storms in the temperate ocean and the importance of these stochastic processes in such systemsen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis is contribution no. ACP175 of the NERC ACSOE Thematic Programme. NERC grants GST/02/1276 supported the work of Jickells and Spokes, GST/02/1278 the work of Liss and Nightingale together with core funding to the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) while the ACSOE core programme supported Broadgate and the shiptime costs, NERC grant GR9/3467 to G.S. supported Moncoiffé and Gilpin. Steinke was supported by NERC grant GR3/10956. The University of Newcastle upon Tyne Research Committee provided funding to support T. Frost. The work of Simó and Pedrós-Alió was supported by the Spanish McyT grant MAR97-1885-Een_US
dc.subjectTrace gasesen_US
dc.subjectPrimary productivityen_US
dc.subjectAir-sea exchangeen_US
dc.titleA Lagrangian biogeochemical study of an eddy in the Northeast Atlanticen_US
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer revieweden_US
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