CarbOcean aims to provide a proof-of-concept for autonomous observations of the open ocean biological and carbonate pumps by developing new sensors for BGC-Argo floats.

The CarbOcean project will develop a mechanistic and quantitative understanding of the BCP using a novel integrative approach that accounts for its two component pumps: (1) the organic carbon pump driven by the photosynthetic production of particulate organic carbon (POC), and (2) the carbonate pump driven by the production of particulate inorganic carbon (PIC).