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A canary in the Southern Ocean

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The Southern Ocean is a major carbon sink, but knowledge of its variability is limited, especially in the coastal Antarctic. Now, results based on 25 years of observations in the West Antarctic Peninsula show that the carbon sink is increasing rapidly, driven by summertime biological production linked to sea ice dynamics.

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Fig. 1: Mean dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) concentration observed in surface waters in the West Antarctic Peninsula.

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    In the version of this News & Views originally published, the ORCID (0000-0002-1165-1074) for author Nicholas Metzl was missing; it has now been added.


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Metzl, N. A canary in the Southern Ocean. Nat. Clim. Chang. 9, 651–652 (2019).

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