Articles | Volume 6, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 6, 91–104, 2014

Special issue: Polar science with polar data

Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 6, 91–104, 2014

  20 Mar 2014

20 Mar 2014

Measurements of the dissolved inorganic carbon system and associated biogeochemical parameters in the Canadian Arctic, 1974–2009

K. E. Giesbrecht*,1, L. A. Miller1, M. Davelaar1, S. Zimmermann1, E. Carmack1, W. K. Johnson1, R. W. Macdonald1, F. McLaughlin1, A. Mucci2, W. J. Williams1, C. S. Wong1, and M. Yamamoto-Kawai1 K. E. Giesbrecht et al.
  • 1Institute of Ocean Sciences, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2GEOTOP and Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • *now at: School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • **now at: Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract. We have assembled and conducted primary quality control on previously publicly unavailable water column measurements of the dissolved inorganic carbon system and associated biogeochemical parameters (oxygen, nutrients, etc.) made on 26 cruises in the subarctic and Arctic regions dating back to 1974. The measurements are primarily from the western side of the Canadian Arctic, but also include data that cover an area ranging from the North Pacific to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The data were subjected to primary quality control (QC) to identify outliers and obvious errors. This data set incorporates over four thousand individual measurements of total inorganic carbon (TIC), alkalinity, and pH from the Canadian Arctic over a period of more than 30 years and provides an opportunity to increase our understanding of temporal changes in the inorganic carbon system in northern waters and the Arctic Ocean.

The data set is available for download on the CDIAC (Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center) website: (doi:10.3334/CDIAC/OTG.IOS_ARCT_CARBN).