Ocean surface CO2 and winds. Animated global map, centred on the Pacific Ocean, showing the ocean surface carbon dioxide (CO2) flux in 2009 and 2010. Blue colours indicate uptake and orange-red colours indicate out-gassing of ocean carbon. The pathlines indicate surface wind stress, one of the drivers of air-sea carbon exchange. Studying this process aids understanding of the carbon cycle, carbon biogeochemistry, and climate change. Features seen here include hurricanes in the North Atlantic and East Pacific from June to November, shown as outgassing events around the hurricane eye in regions of maximum wind. These results are from the ECCO2-Darwin ocean carbon cycle model, part of NASA's Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) Flux Project.
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