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A. C. Martiny, Jasper A. Vrugt, Francois W. Primeau and Michael W. Lomas Regional variation in the particulate organic carbon to nitrogen ratio in the surface ocean Global Biogeochemical Cycles 27

Version of Record online: 18 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/gbc.20061

Key Points

  • The median upper ocean particulate C:N ratio is broadly constrained at 6.5
  • The C:N ratio is 7.1 in low compared to 6.2 in high nutrient regions
  • The C:N ratios in picophytoplankton are greater than global mean

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