Modeling of the Total Alkalinity and the Total Inorganic Carbon in the Mediterranean Sea
Journal of Water Resources and Ocean Science
Volume 4, Issue 1, February 2015, Pages: 24-32
Received: Jan. 27, 2015; Accepted: Feb. 6, 2015; Published: Feb. 10, 2015
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Abed El Rahman Hassoun, National Council for Scientific Research, National Center for Marine Sciences, Batroun, Lebanon; IMAGES_ESPACE-DEV, Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, Perpignan, France; ESPACE-DEV, UG UA UR UM IRD, Maison de la télédétection, 500 rue Jean-François Breton, Montpellier, France
Elissar Gemayel, National Council for Scientific Research, National Center for Marine Sciences, Batroun, Lebanon; IMAGES_ESPACE-DEV, Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, Perpignan, France; ESPACE-DEV, UG UA UR UM IRD, Maison de la télédétection, 500 rue Jean-François Breton, Montpellier, France
Evangelia Krasakopoulou, Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Anavyssos, Greece; ; University of the Aegean, Department of Marine Sciences, University Hill, Mytilene, Greece
Catherine Goyet, IMAGES_ESPACE-DEV, Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, Perpignan, France; ESPACE-DEV, UG UA UR UM IRD, Maison de la télédétection, 500 rue Jean-François Breton, Montpellier, France
Marie Abboud-Abi Saab, National Council for Scientific Research, National Center for Marine Sciences, Batroun, Lebanon
Patrizia Ziveri, ICREA - Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Ed. Z, ICTA-ICP, Carrer de les columnes, E- 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
Franck Touratier, IMAGES_ESPACE-DEV, Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, Perpignan, France; ESPACE-DEV, UG UA UR UM IRD, Maison de la télédétection, 500 rue Jean-François Breton, Montpellier, France
Véronique Guglielmi, IMAGES_ESPACE-DEV, Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, Perpignan, France; ESPACE-DEV, UG UA UR UM IRD, Maison de la télédétection, 500 rue Jean-François Breton, Montpellier, France
Cédric Falco, IMAGES_ESPACE-DEV, Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, Perpignan, France; ESPACE-DEV, UG UA UR UM IRD, Maison de la télédétection, 500 rue Jean-François Breton, Montpellier, France
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Abstract
Measurements of the CO2 system parameters in the Mediterranean Sea are relatively scarce and not representative for all its sub-basins. High quality data collected on May 2013 during the 2013 MedSeA cruise covering the whole basin were used to provide for the first time linear relationships estimating the total alkalinity (AT) and the total dissolved inorganic carbon (CT) from salinity in each Mediterranean basin and sub-basin at different depth layers. These correlations show that a substantial quantity of alkalinity is added to the seawater during its residence time in the Mediterranean Sea, whereas the biological processes, the air-sea exchange and the high remineralization rate are responsible of the high CT concentrations in this sea. Moreover, these fits could be used to estimate the AT and CT from salinity where there are not available measurements of the carbonate system parameters.
Keywords
Carbonate System, Total Alkalinity, Total Dissolved Inorganic Carbon, Fits, Mediterranean Sea
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Abed El Rahman Hassoun, Elissar Gemayel, Evangelia Krasakopoulou, Catherine Goyet, Marie Abboud-Abi Saab, Patrizia Ziveri, Franck Touratier, Véronique Guglielmi, Cédric Falco, Modeling of the Total Alkalinity and the Total Inorganic Carbon in the Mediterranean Sea, Journal of Water Resources and Ocean Science. Vol. 4, No. 1, 2015, pp. 24-32. doi: 10.11648/j.wros.20150401.14
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