Geophysical Research Letters

Global relationships of total alkalinity with salinity and temperature in surface waters of the world's oceans



[1] A simple function of sea surface salinity (SSS) and temperature (SST) in the form AT = a + b (SSS − 35) + c (SSS − 35)2 + d (SST − 20) + e (SST − 20)2 fits surface total alkalinity (AT) data for each of five oceanographic regimes within an area-weighted uncertainty of ±8.1 μmol kg−1 (1σ). Globally coherent surface AT data (n = 5,692) used to derive regional correlations of AT with SSS and SST were collected during the global carbon survey in the 1990s. Such region-specific AT algorithms presented herein enable the estimation of the global distribution of surface AT when observations of SSS and SST are available.