Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
Ocean Sci., 11, 519–541, 2015

Special issue: Air-sea flux climatology; progress and future prospects (BG/ACP/OS...

Ocean Sci., 11, 519–541, 2015
Research article
08 Jul 2015
Research article | 08 Jul 2015

The OceanFlux Greenhouse Gases methodology for deriving a sea surface climatology of CO2 fugacity in support of air–sea gas flux studies

L. M. Goddijn-Murphy et al.

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We describe the OceanFlux Greenhouse Gases methodology for creating an ocean surface CO2 climatology. In situ measurements valid for instantaneous sea surface temperature (SST) were recomputed using a more consistent and averaged SST. The results were normalised to year 2010, averaged by month, and interpolated onto a global 1°×1° grid. The 12 monthly distributions of ocean surface CO2 (see supplement) can be used in air-sea gas flux calculations together with climatologies of other variables.