Reference : The carbonate system in the North Sea: sensitivity and model validation
Scientific journals : Article
Life sciences : Aquatic sciences & oceanology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/124580
The carbonate system in the North Sea: sensitivity and model validation
English
Artioli, Y. [ > > ]
Blackford, J.C. [ > > ]
Butenschön, M. [ > > ]
Holt, J.T. [ > > ]
Wakelin, S.L. [ > > ]
Thomas, H. [ > > ]
Borges, Alberto mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Océanographie chimique >]
Allen, J.I. [ > > ]
2012
Journal of Marine Systems
Elsevier Science
102-104
1-13
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0924-7963
Amsterdam
The Netherlands
[en] Mer du NOrd ; Acidification océanique
[en] The ocean plays an important role in regulating the climate, acting as a sink for carbon dioxide, perturbing the carbonate system and resulting in a slow decrease of seawater pH. Understanding the dynamics of the carbonate system in shelf sea regions is necessary to evaluate the impact of Ocean Acidification (OA) in these societally important ecosystems. Complex hydrodynamic and ecosystem coupled models provide a method of capturing the significant heterogeneity of these areas. However rigorous validation is essential to properly assess the reliability of such models. The coupled model POLCOMS–ERSEM has been implemented in the North Western European shelf with a new parameterization for alkalinity explicitly accounting for riverine inputs and the influence of biological processes. The model has been validated in a like with like comparison with North Sea data from the CANOBA dataset. The model shows good to reasonable agreement for the principal variables, physical (temperature and salinity), biogeochemical nutrients) and carbonate system (dissolved inorganic carbon and total alkalinity), but simulation of the erived variables, pH and pCO2, are not yet fully satisfactory. This high uncertainty is attributed mostly o riverine forcing and primary production. This study suggests that the model is a useful tool to provide information on Ocean Acidification scenarios, but uncertainty on pH and pCO2 needs to be reduced, particularly when impacts of OA on ecosystem functions are included in the model systems.
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/124580
10.1016/j.jmarsys.2012.04.006

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