Articles | Volume 17, issue 1
Ocean Sci., 17, 249–264, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-17-249-2021
Ocean Sci., 17, 249–264, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-17-249-2021

Research article 10 Feb 2021

Research article | 10 Feb 2021

High-resolution distributions of O2 / Ar on the northern slope of the South China Sea and estimates of net community production

Chuan Qin et al.

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AR by Chuan Qin on behalf of the Authors (17 Nov 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
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AR by Chuan Qin on behalf of the Authors (15 Dec 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
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We conducted an underway measurement of dissolved O2 / Ar using membrane inlet mass spectrometry and estimated net community production (NCP) in the South China Sea (SCS) in both summer and autumn. We found that nutrient content, especially nitrogen, is the dominant factor affecting primary production in the SCS. In the summer, we observed a rapid response of the ecosystem to episodic nutrient supply induced by eddies. This is the first report on NCP estimation based on O2 / Ar data in the SCS.