Underway CH4 measurements during POSEIDON cruises POS320/1 and POS348, supplement to: Kock, Annette; Gebhardt, Sarah; Bange, Hermann Werner (2008): Methane emissions from the upwelling area off Mauritania (NW Africa). Biogeosciences, 5(4), 1119-1125


Coastal upwelling regions have been identified as sites of enhanced CH4 emissions to the atmosphere. The coastal upwelling area off Mauritania (NW Africa) is one of the most biologically productive regions of the world's ocean but its CH4 emissions have not been quantified so far. More than 1000 measurements of atmospheric and dissolved CH4 in the surface layer in the upwelling area off Mauritania were performed as part of the German SOPRAN (Surface Ocean Processes in the Anthropocene) study during two cruises in March/April 2005 (P320/1) and February 2007 (P348). During P348 enhanced CH4 saturations of up to 200% were found close to the coast and were associated with upwelling of South Atlantic Central Water. An area-weighted, seasonally adjusted estimate yielded overall annual CH4 emissions in the range from 1.6 to 2.9 Gg CH4. Thus the upwelling area off Mauritania represents a regional hot spot of CH4 emissions but seems to be of minor importance for the global oceanic CH4 emissions.

DOI https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.849238
Related Identifier https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-5-1119-2008
Metadata Access https://ws.pangaea.de/oai/provider?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=datacite4&identifier=oai:pangaea.de:doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.849238
Creator Kock, Annette; Gebhardt, Sarah; Bange, Hermann Werner
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Publication Year 2008
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
OpenAccess true
Language English
Resource Type Supplementary Collection of Datasets
Format application/zip
Size 2 datasets
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (-18.020W, 16.998S, -16.260E, 24.360N); Tropical NE Atlantic; Northeast Atlantic
Temporal Coverage Begin 2005-03-27T13:50:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2007-02-24T15:03:00Z