Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) Project Integration

Carbon dioxide (CO2)

Given its global relevance as a greenhouse gas and the fact that the global surface ocean is a significant net sink for anthropogenic CO2, it is unsurprising that a large amount of scientific attention has been focused upon surface ocean CO2 partial pressure (pCO2).

The largest global data centre for pCO2 measurements is the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC), through which all publicly available pCO2 data can be accessed. These data can be subdivided into

  • surface ocean Volunteer Observing Ship (VOS) data
  • moorings and timeseries data

Graphical representation of pCO2 data sources has been put together by Dr Maria Hood at the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP) Ocean Carbon Directory for VOS data sources and moorings and timeseries projects.

Anyone with surface pCO2 data that is not in the CDIAC database, please contact Alex Kozyr (CDIAC) directly.

Implementation Working Group 3 also examines the following long-lived, climatically active gases:

Methane | Nitrous oxide