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  Information - BG3.1 Reducing uncertainties in the quantification of the oceanic sink for anthropogenic carbon (CARBOOCEAN) (co-listed in CL & OS)

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Currently, new data sets, new models, new analysis methods, and new processes on marine carbon cycling and its interaction with climate change are emerging. The gain in new knowledge may help to reduce uncertainties in the quantification of marine uptake of man-made CO2. With "uptake" we mean: uptake kinetics and integrated accummulation of anthropogenic carbon in the water column (time frame -200 to +200 years from now). Previous estimates on the strength of the oceanic carbon sink may have to be revised in view of the currently emerging understanding. Possibly, the finding of new processes and the evolving potential to monitor variations in the oceanic carbon sink may temporarily even increase the uncertainties in our quantification of global net air-sea carbon fluxes. We encourage contributions from all disciplines related to carbon cycle research which contribute to assessing the overall uncertainties in large-scale net air-sea CO2 fluxes and to potentially reducing these uncertainties. The session would be linked to the EU Integrated Project CARBOOCEAN, but contributions from outside this project are very welcome and are encouraged.

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