Scientific Theme IV
Biogeochemical Cycles in Coastal and Shelf Waters
- Quantifying material transport within and across the continental shelf, transformation of materials within the water column and sediments, storage of materials in the coastal zone and air-sea exchange
- Assessing regional differences and understanding why some shelf waters are more resilient or resistant to change than others
- Defining the terrestrial boundary condition for nutrient fluxes by better integration of river basin information, including sediment dynamics and organic inputs
- Developing regional budgets and flux estimates for shelf and coastal waters in order to understand and predict the impacts of global and basin-scale changes in ocean climate and biogeochemical cycles.