EGU2020-3330, updated on 12 Jun 2020
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Seasonal variation in inorganic carbon parameters in the southwestern Yellow Sea

Minwoo Seok1, Ahra Mo1, Seunghee Park1, Young Ho Ko1, Seongtae Yun2, Dayoung Kim1, and Tae-Wook Kim1,2
Minwoo Seok et al.
  • 1Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Korea University, Seoul (
  • 2OJeong Eco-Resilience Institute, Korea University, Seoul

To better understand carbon cycles in coastal and marginal seas, time-series monitoring is essential because of large temporal variabilities. In this regard, we conducted monthly field researches from April 2017 to May 2019 at the Socheongcho (SCC) Ocean Research Site (37°N‚124°E) in the Yellow Sea located between Korea and China. At each survey, we collected surface seawater samples during approximately 7 days with an sampling interval of two hours (except for spring 2017). Total alkalinity (TA) and dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) were analyzed by using VINDTA 3C system, Apollo SciTech DIC analyzer and Apollo SciTech Alkalinity Titrator. In addition, a pH sensor (SeapHOx) was installed at the surface layer from September 2018 to June 2019 which is also capable of measuring salinity, temperature and oxygen. Based on the observations, we estimated a partial pressure of carbon dioxide (pCO2) and aragonite saturation state. As expected, seasonal variations in TA and DIC were strongly associated with those of salinity. We also detected a sudden increase DIC in October when vertical mixing was greatly enhanced. Despite a large outgassing during the fall season, annual mean air--sea influx of CO2 was ∼0.61mol·m−2·year−1, suggesting that the study area was a weak sink for atmospheric CO2. Aragonite was enerally reduced during winter (∼1.5). However, no undersaturation event was found during the whole investigation.

How to cite: Seok, M., Mo, A., Park, S., Ko, Y. H., Yun, S., Kim, D., and Kim, T.-W.: Seasonal variation in inorganic carbon parameters in the southwestern Yellow Sea, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-3330,, 2020