Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Research article
12 Apr 2023
Research article |  | 12 Apr 2023

How does the phytoplankton–light feedback affect the marine N2O inventory?

Sarah Berthet, Julien Jouanno, Roland Séférian, Marion Gehlen, and William Llovel

Data sets

EN4: Quality controlled ocean temperature and salinity profiles and monthly objective analyses with uncertainty estimates ( Simon A. Good, Matthew J. Martin, and Nick A. Rayner

The 2004-2008 mean and annual cycle of temperature, salinity, and steric height in the global ocean from the Argo Program ( D. Roemmich and J. Gilson

ISAS temperature and salinity gridded fields ( Kolodziejczyk Nicolas, Prigent-Mazella Annaig, and Gaillard Fabienne

Model code and software

NEMO ocean engine ( G. Madec and NEMO System Team

Short summary
Phytoplankton absorbs the solar radiation entering the ocean surface and contributes to keeping the associated energy in surface waters. This natural effect is either not represented in the ocean component of climate models or its representation is simplified. An incomplete representation of this biophysical interaction affects the way climate models simulate ocean warming, which leads to uncertainties in projections of oceanic emissions of an important greenhouse gas (nitrous oxide).
Final-revised paper