The Pan-Arctic Continental Slope as an Intensifying Conveyer Belt for Nutrients in the Central Arctic Ocean (1985–2015)


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Abstract Primary production in the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO) is limited by light and bioavailable nutrients. With the decline of the sea-ice cover in recent decades, and the resulting increase in light availability, nitrate limitation has been speculated to become more prominent. We used an eddy-permitting biogeochemical model simulation to estimate nitrate advective fluxes at different spatio-temporal scales (synoptic, mesoscale and sub-mesoscale) over the 1985–2015 period. We found that the pan-Arctic continental slope contributes disproportionately to the Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen supply and that this supply is intensifying through two main processes: lateral eddy transport and upwelling. Despite this increasing supply in nitrate and an intensification of ocean dynamics, the nutrient supply is decreasing everywhere else in the central basins and the simulation indicates that the CAO is still shifting from light to nutrient limitation.



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DOI 10.1029/2021GB007268

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Oziel, L. , Schourup-Kristensen, V. , Wekerle, C. and Hauck, J. (2022): The Pan-Arctic Continental Slope as an Intensifying Conveyer Belt for Nutrients in the Central Arctic Ocean (1985–2015) , Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 36 (6), e2021GB007268 . doi: 10.1029/2021GB007268


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