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Re: future directions in ocean carbon-cycle modeling

Dear Ken and Corrine:

	Having spent a good part of the past year preparing planning documents
for NOAA on this very issue, I am sure my views are somewhat myopic.
However, here are some bullets for you to use from the observational
side of things.

1. Design and implement a new program of ship-of-opportunity surveys and
drifter experiments focussed 
on improving estimates of the magnitude and interannual variability of 
upper ocean carbon fluxes in the major ocean basins.

2. Design and implement a new basin-scale survey program optimized to
improve estimates of the decadal changes of the anthropogenic carbon
sinks in the major ocean basins.

3. Initiate a new program of cruise-based observations and moored sensor
deployments to determine 
how carbon fluxes and ecosystem structure respond to physical
variability on ENSO, NAO, and PDO time scales.

4. Establish mechanistic relationships between ecosystem structure,
carbon fluxes, physical forcing and environmental boundary conditions,
incorporating evolving hypotheses concerning the response of Southern
Ocean biogeochemical systems to climate change. 

5. Continue development of new instrumentation for continuous or
autonomous sensing of important biogeochemical properties (e.g., pCO2
and TCO2, pH, nutrients, iron, optical properties, etc.).  
Best Regards,

Dick Feely

Ken Caldeira wrote:
> We (Corinne Lequere and Ken Caldeira) are tasked with discussing
> future directions in ocean carbon-cycle modeling at the upcoming
> SCOR/IOC Ocean CO2 Panel meeting.
> So that we can avoid overemphasizing our own parochial biases, it
> would be helpful if ocean carbon-cycle modelers could send us a
> succinct e-mail message describing your views on:
> 1. modeling: Where should emphasis be placed in ocean carbon-cycle
> modeling over the next decade?
> 2. observations: Which observations or observational programs could
> most cost-effectively advance the state of ocean carbon-cycle
> simulation over the next decade?
> A brief response to these questions will help us to better represent
> community interests. We thank you in advance for your help in this
> matter.
> Regards,
> Corinne Lequere, lequere@bgc-jena.mpg.de
> Ken Caldeira, kenc@llnl.gov
> <--------------------------->
> Ken Caldeira
> Climate and Carbon Cycle Group
> Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
> 7000 East Ave., L-103
> Livermore CA 94550 USA
> tel: (925)  423-4191
> fax: (925)  422-6388
> e-mail:  kenc@LLNL.gov

Richard A. Feely
Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 526-6214 Phone
(206) 526-6744 FAX
e-mail:  feely@pmel.noaa.gov