The circulation loop in the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans depicted by the artificial radionuclides

Three articles from three cruises highlighted here! Atlantic waters have been recently recognized to play an increasing role in reducing sea-ice extent in the Arctic Ocean at a rate now comparable to losses from atmospheric thermodynamic forcing. Beyond the Arctic Ocean, the water mass transport and transformation processes in the North Atlantic Ocean substantially contribute […]

Jan / 30 / 2019

What do the first 236-Uranium data reveal in the Arctic Ocean?

Casacuberta and co-authors (2016, see reference below) propose the first set of data for the artificial radionuclide 236-Uranium (236U) in the Arctic Ocean. The novelty of this study compared to the first comprehensive dataset they published in the western North Atlantic Ocean (GEOTRACES GA02 section), is the combination of 236U with 129-Iodine (129I). The 236U/238U and […]

Mar / 10 / 2016

The potential of anthropogenic 236-Uranium as a new and transient oceanographic tracer demonstrated in the North Atlantic

236-Uranium (236U) is present on Earth due to natural and anthropogenic production. However, the estimated inventory of anthropogenic 236U (106 kg) largely exceeds the natural one (30 kg). Releasing even a tiny fraction of this artificial isotope would drastically change the environmental 236U/238U ratio and therefore make this ratio a useful isotopic marker to trace […]

Mar / 26 / 2014