PEI Faculty Seminar Series: The Outsized Role of the Southern Ocean in the Regulation of Carbon, Heat, and Biological Productivity
Jorge Sarmiento, George J. Magee Professor of Geosciences and Geological Engineering, Director, Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling, Cooperative Institute for Climate Science
The Southern Ocean accounts for half the oceanic uptake of anthropogenic carbon, two-thirds of the oceanic uptake of heat from global warming, and supplies the nutrients that fertilize three-quarters of oceanic biological production in the rest of the world. Yet, because of its remoteness and the hostility of its environment, it is one of the poorest understood regions of the world. Recent major developments in observational and modeling capabilities are transforming our ability to study this region and the initial results are stunning.
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