Variability of Dissolved Inorganic Radiocarbon at a Surface Site in the Northeast Pacific Ocean
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CitationDruffel, E. R., Beaupré, S., Griffin, S., & Hwang, J. (2010). Variability of dissolved inorganic radiocarbon at a surface site in the Northeast Pacific Ocean. Radiocarbon, 52(3), 1150-1157.
DescriptionFrom the 20th International Radiocarbon Conference held in Kona, Hawaii, USA, May 31-June 3, 2009.
AbstractWe report radiocarbon measurements of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) in surface water samples collected daily during 12 cruises to Station M in the northeast Pacific off central California. Individual surface ∆14C values ranged from 22 to 70 over 10 yr. Variability of average cruise values is highest during winter likely due to increased mixing. A general decrease of ∆14C values was observed at a rate of about 3 per year between 1994 and 2004, about half of that in atmospheric CO2 during this period (Levin and Kromer 2004). The ∆14C results ranged from 2-18 during individual cruises and were often significantly larger than the total uncertainty for individual measurements (3.9). This indicates that a single ∆14C result from a surface site is not sufficient to capture the true variability of ∆14C in the surface ocean.