Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 1455–1476, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-1455-2016
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 1455–1476, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-1455-2016
Model description paper
19 Apr 2016
Model description paper | 19 Apr 2016

A stochastic, Lagrangian model of sinking biogenic aggregates in the ocean (SLAMS 1.0): model formulation, validation and sensitivity

Tinna Jokulsdottir and David Archer

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To better understand what controls the flux of organic and inorganic material down the water column we developed a numerical model that simulates coagulation, settling and bio-chemical transformation of particles in the ocean. To simulate the many types of material the particles constitute, we took a Lagrangian approach. Our results suggest the flux is most sensitive to environmental change in polar regions. We found that zooplankton are the biggest unknown when predicting the flux.