Methyl iodide in the NW Atlantic: Spatial and seasonal variation
Moore, Robert M.
Cullen, John J.
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While the global ocean is an important source of atmospheric methyl iodide (CH(3)I), the major producers of CH(3)I within the ocean remain unclear. During a seasonal study in the NW Atlantic, the relationship between CH(3)I and some characteristic phytoplankton pigments was examined in order to identify possible phytoplankton producers of CH(3)I. Although no characteristic pigments exhibited a strong positive correlation with CH(3)I, in the surface mixed layer, there was a weak correlation (R = 0.35, n = 70, p = 0.003) between the concentrations of CH(3)I and zeaxanthin, a pigment characteristic of cyanobacteria in the open ocean. In this study, a moderate correlation was observed between the surface mixed layer CH(3)I concentration and depth-averaged daily radiant exposure (R = 0.61, n = 15, p = 0.02), which indicates a positive influence of solar radiation on CH(3)I production. However, the results from this study do not conclusively show whether the influence was exerted through photochemistry or other pathways. A positive correlation between the CH(3)I concentration and sea surface temperature was also observed (R = 0.61, n = 79, p
Wang, Lu, Robert M. Moore, and John J. Cullen. 2009. "Methyl iodide in the NW Atlantic: Spatial and seasonal variation." Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans 114: 07007-C07007. DOI:10.1029/2007JC004626