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Journal Articles Journal of Marine Systems Year : 1998

KERFIX, a time-series station in the Southern Ocean: a presentation

Alain Poisson
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Charles Fravalo
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Juan Carlos Miquel
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Young-Hyang Park
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Between January 1990 and March 1995, the research project KERFIX undertook the first regular noncoastal multiyear acquisition of parameters related to the carbon cycle in the Southern Ocean at a time series station located at 50 degrees 40' S-68 degrees 25' E, 60 miles southwest of the Kerguelen Islands. The objectives of KERFIX are (1) to monitor the ocean/atmosphere CO2 and O2 exchanges and to understand which processes govern these exchanges (2) to observe and interpret the seasonal and interannual variability of the production, flux, decomposition and dissolution of carbon and associated elements at this location. In addition, micropaleontological studies describe the present and past flux dynamics in this oceanic area, to improve the knowledge of the transfer functions of some oceanographic proxies. This paper presents a survey of the KERFIX program: scientific objectives, organization of the field operations and some main results obtained since the beginning of KERFIX program, as well as the results of the temporal evolution of hydrological, chemical and biological parameters.



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hal-00472066 , version 1 (09-04-2010)



Catherine Jeandel, Diana Ruiz-Pino, Elvis Gjata, Alain Poisson, Christian Brunet, et al.. KERFIX, a time-series station in the Southern Ocean: a presentation. Journal of Marine Systems, 1998, 17 (1-4), pp.555-569. ⟨10.1016/S0924-7963(98)00064-5⟩. ⟨hal-00472066⟩
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