Decadal time-series of SeaWiFS retrieved CDOM absorption and estimated CO₂ photoproduction on the continental shelf of the eastern United States

Del Vecchio, Rossana; Subramaniam, Ajit; Uz, Stephanie Schollaert; Ballabrera-Poy, Joaquim; Brown, Christopher W.; Blough, Neil V.

Published algorithms were employed to convert SeaWiFS images of normalized water-leaving-radiance to absorption images of CDOM (chromophoric dissolved organic matter). The best performing algorithm was employed to produce decadal time-series of CDOM monthly composites from 1998 through 2007. Deficits in CDOM absorption coefficient for surface waters across the shelf over the summer were then acquired relative to the uniformly mixed waters prior to and following stratification (spring and fall, respectively). Estimates were attained of the photochemical oxidation of carbon to CO₂ on and beyond the shelf of the Middle Atlantic Bight. Approximately 3–7 × 10¹⁰ g C as CO₂ were estimated to be produced via photooxidation of CDOM over the summertime, highlighting the significance of CDOM photochemistry and pointing out the importance of CO₂ photoproduction at a global scale. In principle, this approach could be applied to global ocean color data.


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Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Biology and Paleo Environment
American Geophysical Union
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April 12, 2016