Biological and Environmental Research - Earth and Environmental System Sciences
Earth and Environmental System Modeling

Variable C:N:P Stoichiometry of Dissolved Organic Matter Cycling in the Community Earth System Model

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 07:00
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Dissolved organic matter (DOM) plays an important role in the ocean's biological carbon pump by providing an advective/mixing pathway for export production. DOM is known to have a stoichiometry depleted in nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) compared to the particulate organic matter pool, a fact that is often omitted from biogeochemical-ocean general circulation models. However, the variable C:N:P stoichiometry of DOM becomes important when quantifying carbon export from the upper ocean and linking the nutrient cycles of N and P with that of carbon.