The distribution of bomb tritium in the ocean
Article first published online: 20 SEP 2012
Copyright 1986 by the American Geophysical Union.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans (1978–2012)
Volume 91, Issue C12, pages 14331–14344, 15 December 1986
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1986), The distribution of bomb tritium in the ocean, J. Geophys. Res., 91(C12), 14331–14344, doi:10.1029/JC091iC12p14331., , and (
- Issue published online: 20 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 20 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 AUG 1986
- Manuscript Received: 18 APR 1986
A global picture of the water column inventories of bomb-produced tritium is constructed from the GEOSECS data set. this picture is compared with that obtained by combining the bomb tritium input function of Weiss and Roether  with the bomb radiocarbon calibrated lateral redistribution model of Broecker et al. . While differences between the calculated and observed distribution exist, they are surprisingly small. Tritium distributions calculated using the lateral redistribution model provide predictions of the changes to be expected in the next few decades. Such predictions are essential to the design of sound strategies for continued monitoring of the tritium transient.