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https://doi.org/10.5194/gmdd-7-1709-2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmdd-7-1709-2014

Submitted as: model description paper 14 Mar 2014

Submitted as: model description paper | 14 Mar 2014

Review status: this preprint was under review for the journal GMD but the revision was not accepted.

Explicit planktic calcifiers in the University of Victoria Earth System Climate Model

K. F. Kvale1,2, K. J. Meissner1,2, D. P. Keller3, M. Eby4, and A. Schmittner5 K. F. Kvale et al.
  • 1Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 2ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 3GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany
  • 4University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • 5College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA

Abstract. Marine calcifiers as a plankton functional type (PFT) are a crucial part of the global carbon cycle, being responsible for much of the carbon export to the deep ocean entering via biological pathways. Deep ocean carbon export through calcifiers is controlled by physiological, ecological and biogeochemical factors. This paper describes the implementation of a phytoplankton coccolithophore PFT in the University of Victoria Earth System Climate Model (UVic ESCM), and improvements to the representation of zooplankton calcification and carbon export therein. The described modifications improve model performance with respect to carbon and nutrient fluxes. Primary production, export production, particulate organic carbon and calcite fluxes all fall within independent estimates.

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