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https://doi.org/10.5194/os-11-699-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-11-699-2015
Research article
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18 Sep 2015
Research article |  | 18 Sep 2015

Perspectives of transient tracer applications and limiting cases

T. Stöven, T. Tanhua, M. Hoppema, and J. L. Bullister

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We use a suite of transient tracer measurements from a Southern Ocean sector southeast of Africa collected from 1998 and 2012 to quantify ventilation and change in ventilation. We found that the ventilation can be constrained by an inverse Gaussian transit time distribution north of the Subantarctic Front. We do not find any significant changes in upper ocean ventilation during this time period.