Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting 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.


Carbon streams into the deep Arctic Ocean


Widespread injection of deep water from the Barents Sea into the Nansen Basin makes a substantial contribution to carbon sequestration in the Arctic Ocean, and feeds the deep sea community.

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

Access options

Rent or buy this article

Get just this article for as long as you need it


Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout

Fig. 1: Phytoplankton bloom in the surface waters of the Barents Sea in the Arctic Ocean.

NASA Earth Observatory.


  1. Smetacek, V. & Nicol, S. Nature 437, 362–368 (2005).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. Rogge, A. Nat. Geosci. (2022).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Ivanov, V. V., Shapiro, G. I., Huthnance, J. M., Aleynik, D. L. & Golovin, P. N. Prog. Oceanogr. 60, 47–98 (2004).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  4. Skagseth, Ø. et al. Nat. Clim. Change 10, 661–666 (2020).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. Haine, T. W. N. J. Phys. Oceanogr. 51, 727–744 (2021).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Siegel, D. A., DeVris, T., Doney, S. C. & Bell, T. Env. Res. Lett. 16, 104003 (2021).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  7. Armstrong, C. W. et al. Front. Marine Sci. (2019).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. MacGilchrist, G. A. et al. Sci. Adv. 5, eaav6410 (2019).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  9. Arrigo, K. A. & van Dijken, G. L. Prog. Oceanogr. 136, 60–70 (2015).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  10. Lewis, K. M., van Dijken, G. L. & Arrigo, K. R. Science 36, 198–202 (2020).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  11. Vancoppenolle, M. et al. Glob. Biogeochem. Cycles 27, 605–619 (2013).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  12. Williams, G. et al. Nat. Commun. 7, 12577 (2016).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  13. Bretones, A., Nisancioglu, K., Jensen, M., Brakstad, A. & Yang, S. J. Clim. 35, 109–124 (2021).

    Google Scholar 

  14. Reid, P. C. et al. Adv. Marine Biol. 56, 1–150 (2009).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  15. Smith, G. C. et al. Front. Marine Sci. (2019).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to Manfredi Manizza.

Ethics declarations

Competing interests

The author declares no competing interests.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Manizza, M. Carbon streams into the deep Arctic Ocean. Nat. Geosci. 16, 6–7 (2023).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


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