Science: Investigating Climatic and Environmental Processes- 1000
oceans play a crucial role in the global carbon cycle because of
their ability to sequester and release carbon from a variety of
The figure above from the Berkeley National Lab details some of
the carbon cycle's land and ocean processes that operate on a variety
of time scales.
Figure A below shows the primary carbon reservoirs while figure
B shows the exchange rates between reservoirs in gigatons per year.
Two figures above from Ruddiman,
2001 used by permission of W. H. Freeman & Co.
change scenarios compel studies of ocean carbon storage for