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J. Hauck, K. R. Arrigo, M. Hoppema, G. L. van Dijken, C. Völker and D. A. Wolf-Gladrow Insignificant buffering capacity of Antarctic shelf carbonates Global Biogeochemical Cycles 27

Version of Record online: 24 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1029/2011GB004211

Key Points

  • Sedimentary CaCO3 can be predicted from Primary Production in the water column
  • The inventory of CaCO3 in surface sediments on Antarctic shelves is 0.5 Pg C
  • Dissolution of CaCO3 cannot buffer pH or CO2 in the Southern Ocean

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