Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 609–626, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-10-609-2018
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 609–626, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-10-609-2018

  27 Mar 2018

27 Mar 2018

The Ocean Carbon States Database: a proof-of-concept application of cluster analysis in the ocean carbon cycle

Rebecca Latto and Anastasia Romanou

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It is crucial to study the ocean’s role in the global carbon cycle in order to understand and predict the increasing concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere, which is regarded as one of the main drivers of global warming. By analyzing the relationship between surface ocean CO2 and temperature, we seek to understand the pathways by which the ocean controls carbon fluctuations in the atmosphere. We employ cluster analysis as a tool for revealing patterns in where and when this relationship occurs.