Advances in Earth Science ›› 2007, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (8): 857-865. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2007.08.0857

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Arctic Carbon Sink in Global Change: Present and Future

GAO Zhong-yong 1,2 ,  CHEN Li-qi 1,2,3,CAI Wei-jun 4,WANG Yong-chen 4   

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Global Change and Marine-Atmospheric Chemistry,SOA,Xiamen 361005,China;2.Third Institute of Oceanography State Oceanic Administration,Xiamen 361005,China;3.Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration, Beijing 100860, China;4.Department of Marine Sciences, University of Geogia Athens GA USA 30602
  • Received:2007-04-23 Revised:2007-06-18 Online:2007-08-10 Published:2007-08-10

GAO Zhong-yong, CHEN Li-qi,CAI Wei-jun,WANG Yong-chen. Arctic Carbon Sink in Global Change: Present and Future[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2007, 22(8): 857-865.

The Arctic carbon sink was always ignored in the global carbon budget or dealt with in a simple way because the central Arctic was covered by ice yearlong. This view has changed, however, recently. With the increasing rates of global changes, the Arctic Ocean also changes. It becomes clearer that it is of paramount importance to understand the interplay between the carbon cycle in Arctic Ocean. This paper summarizes the current results on Arctic carbon sink (ACS), analyzes sources, variations and the controlling factors of the ACS, and then estimates the current status of ASC. The trend of ACS variation in the future is also evaluated here.

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