Geochemical Ocean Sections Study


The Geochemical Ocean Sections Study (GEOSECS) was a global survey of the three-dimensional distributions of chemical, isotopic, and radiochemical tracers in the ocean.[1] A key objective was to investigate the deep thermohaline circulation of the ocean, using chemical tracers, including radiotracers, to establish the pathways taken by this.[2]

Expeditions undertaken during GEOSECS took place in the Atlantic Ocean from July 1972 to May 1973, in the Pacific Ocean from August 1973 to June 1974, and in the Indian Ocean from December 1977 to March 1978.[3]

Measurements included those of physical oceanographic quantities such as temperature, salinity, pressure and density, chemical / biological quantities such as total inorganic carbon, alkalinity, nitrate, phosphate, silicic acid, oxygen and apparent oxygen utilisation (AOU), and radiochemical / isotopic quantities such as carbon-13, carbon-14 and tritium.[3]

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  1. ^ Moore, W.S. (1984). "Review of the GEOSECS project". Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. 223 (2–3): 459–465. Bibcode:1984NIMPR.223..459M. doi:10.1016/0167-5087(84)90692-6.
  2. ^ Brewer, P.G. (2000). "Major International Programs in Ocean Sciences: Ocean Chemistry". In National Research Council (US) Ocean Studies Board (ed.). 50 Years of Ocean Discovery: National Science Foundation 1950—2000. National Academies Press (US). pp. 152–162. doi:10.17226/9702. ISBN 978-0-309-06398-2. PMID 24967495.
  3. ^ a b "GEOSECS". International Research Institute for Climate and Society. Retrieved 20 April 2018.

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