Report of Working Group II: Particles

  • J. D. Burton
  • P. G. Brewer
  • R. Chesselet
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 17)


The nature and fluxes of particles occurring in the open ocean surface layer are depicted schematically in Fig. 1. The net flux of particles from the atmosphere to the surface ocean is comprised of both an external input of continental aerosols and a recycled component of ocean derived aerosols. These atmospheric aerosols can be transported to the surface layer either as wet or dry fallout and enter the surface waters through the photochemically active surface microlayer. During these transfer steps the aerosols can be substantially modified and may enter the surface water in a form ranging from totally dissolved to totally particulate.


Fecal Pellet Sediment Trap Particle Flux Euphotic Zone Accessory Pigment 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. D. Burton
    • 1
  • P. G. Brewer
    • 2
  • R. Chesselet
    • 3
  1. 1.University of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionWoods HoleUSA
  3. 3.Centre des Faibles RadioactivitésLaboratoire Mixte CNRS-CEAGif-sur-YvetteFrance

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