Special Issue "Marine Carbon Cycles"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2017)
Prof. Joji Ishizaka
As the largest carbon reservoir on the Earth’s surface, the ocean plays a vital role in regulating the world’s climate. Roughly one-third of the anthropogenic CO2 emitted since 1800 has entered the oceans in the form of inorganic carbon. There is now 50 times as much dissolved CO2 in the oceans as CO2 in the atmosphere. Perhaps one-third of the total anthropogenic CO2 that might potentially be stored in the ocean in the longer-term has already been stored. Phytoplankton in the open oceans and vegetated coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrass beds and salt marshes are also highly efficient carbon sinks, hence the term ‘blue carbon’.
Research over the past few decades has greatly expanded the science of the marine carbon cycle. Now the main processes of carbon movement within the marine systems have been elucidated, the accuracy of the carbon budget has increased, and the challenges to a sustainable ocean carbon cycle are better understood. Yet, more secrets are awaiting to be discovered and shared.
We invite investigators to contribute original research as well as review articles that deal with documentation and interpretation of the scope of marine carbon cycles. This includes, but is not limited to, consideration of the underlying physical and biogeochemical carbon-involved processes driving environmental, geochemical, ecological and biological changes, responses, and sustainability of the oceans. Environments of interest include any geographical divisions from coastal seas to deep oceans. Theoretical and fundamental subject areas of research (e.g., new research area as well as modeling, mitigation strategies and policy making related to ocean acidification, time series, geoengineering, submarine groundwater discharge, and blue carbon) are welcome.
Prof. Chen-Tung Arthur Chen
Prof. Xuelu Gao
Prof. Louis Lebel
Prof. Joji Ishizaka
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- marine carbon cycle
- ocean acidification
- remote sensing
- submarine groundwater discharge
- bule carbon
- marine ecosystems
- mitigation strategies
- policy making