Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Climate science

Ocean circulation drove increase in CO2 uptake

The ocean's uptake of carbon dioxide increased during the 2000s. Models reveal that this was driven primarily by weak circulation in the upper ocean, solving a mystery of ocean science. See Letter p.215

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

$32.00

All prices are NET prices.

Figure 1: Factors affecting the ocean carbon sink.

Notes

  1. See all news & views

References

  1. Ciais, P. & Sabine, C. in Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Working Group I Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (eds Stocker, T. F. et al.) 486 (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013).

    Google Scholar 

  2. Khatiwala, S. et al. Biogeosciences 10, 2169–2191 (2013).

    CAS  Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  3. Landschützer, P. et al. Science 349, 1221–1224 (2015).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  4. Landshützer, P., Gruber, N. & Bakker, D. C. E. Glob. Biogeochem. Cycles 30, 1396–1417 (2016).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  5. DeVries, T., Holzer, M. & Primeau, F. Nature 542, 215–218 (2017).

    CAS  Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  6. Wanninkhof, R. J. Geophys. Res. 97, 7373–7382 (1992).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  7. Le Quéré, C. et al. Science 316, 1735–1738 (2007).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  8. Lovenduski, N. S., Gruber, N. & Doney, S. C. Glob. Biogeochem. Cycles 22, GB3016 (2008).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  9. Rödenbeck, C. et al. Biogeosciences 12, 7251–7278 (2015).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  10. Munro, D. R. et al. Geophys. Res. Lett. 42, 7623–7630 (2015).

    CAS  Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  11. Cameron-Smith, P., Elliott, S., Maltrud, M., Erickson, D. & Wingenter, O. Geophys. Res. Lett. 38, L07704 (2011).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Sara E. Mikaloff Fletcher.

Related links

Related links

Related links in Nature Research

Climate science: Hidden trends in the ocean carbon sink

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Fletcher, S. Ocean circulation drove increase in CO2 uptake. Nature 542, 169–170 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/542169a

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/542169a

Search

Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing