Impact of model resolution on biogeochemical tracers concentration in the tropical Atlantic Ocean

Duteil, Olaf, Böning, Claus W. and Oschlies, Andreas (2014) Impact of model resolution on biogeochemical tracers concentration in the tropical Atlantic Ocean [Poster] In: EGU General Assembly 2014, 27.04.-02.05.2014, Vienna, Austria.

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Representing correctly the distribution of biogeochemical tracers in the interior ocean, such as oxygen or phosphate, is hampered by large biases in the representation of circulation in the coarse resolution models. Here we assess the oxygen and phosphate budget in two configurations of a coupled circulation biogeochemical model (NEMO - NPZD), focusing on the Atlantic Ocean. These two configurations have been integrated using realistic atmospheric forcings for the period 1948-2007. While a coarse (0.5°) configuration displays the common bias of too low oxygen associated with too high phosphate concentration, particularly at intermediate depth in the eastern side of the basin, the values are closer to the observations in an eddying (0.1°) configuration. The improvement in
the representation of oxygen and phosphate is traced to a stronger transport by a more realistic representation of the equatorial and off-equatorial undercurrents. The biogeochemical fluxes are less sensitive to the current strength as the phytoplankton growth is mainly limited by the available light in the two configurations. This study emphasizes
the need of high resolution models to tackle coupled biogeochemical problematics, such as the extension of oxygen minimum zones or variability in the eastern boundary upwelling system productivity.

Document Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-BM Biogeochemical Modeling
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-TM Theory and Modeling
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 12:13
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2014 12:13

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