Semester of Graduation

Summer 2021

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Oceanography and Coastal Sciences

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Coastal oceans are crucial players in global carbon cycling and air-sea CO2 fluxes but are poorly constrained due to their spatiotemporal variability associated with freshwater inputs, productivity and extreme events. The northern Gulf of Mexico represents a region undergoing anthropogenic changes in freshwater inputs of nutrient, DIC, and dissolved CO2 resulting in large variability in CO2 fluxes. Current models indicate significant uncertainties in flux estimates due to lack of resolution associated with the complexity of the nGOM, specifically in the shallowest regions of the shelf, which is mostly under sampled. Thus, the major objectives of this work are to (i) better understand the spatiotemporal variability in CO2 fluxes in the shallow section (

Committee Chair

Maiti, Kanchan

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