Autonomous measurements of the marine carbon cycle in the North Sea

The North Sea helps to mitigate the impact of human CO2 emissions on Earth’s climate by naturally absorbing CO2 from the air and transporting it into the adjacent deep Atlantic Ocean. This CO2 uptake is driven by a complex web of processes including seasonal growth and decay of plankton – which also sustains important fisheries – river water inputs, and chemical exchange between the water column and seafloor sediments.

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