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  • Carbon sequestration
  • Carbon cycle (Biogeochemistry)

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  • 1225 Geodesy and Gravity: Global change from geodesy
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  • 1835 Hydrology: Hydrogeophysics



The influence of David Keeling on oceanic CO2 measurements

P. G. Brewer

Dave Keeling—only Roger Revelle called him “Charles David” and always in a tone that could command Dave's attention—had a remarkable influence on the creation of modern understanding of the oceanic CO2 system. Although Dave resided at an oceanographic institution for almost his entire professional career, the great majority of his work concerned atmospheric measurements; his own account of his work [Keeling, 1998] makes scant reference to his ocean science papers. But those relatively few oceanic papers, and more importantly his intense personal interest and unimpeachable reputation for classic measurement, had enormous impact. It is possible to trace Dave's influence on oceanic measurement through the course of five decades, and over that time, our understanding has grown enormously. The following is a somewhat personal account, but Dave so influenced the careers of the small group of ocean CO2 scientists that have led the way that any one of them would write a similar account.

Citation: Brewer, P. G. (2009), The influence of David Keeling on oceanic CO2 measurements, in Carbon Sequestration and Its Role in the Global Carbon Cycle, Geophys. Monogr. Ser., vol. 183, edited by B. J. McPherson and E. T. Sundquist, pp. 37–48, AGU, Washington, D. C., doi:10.1029/2005GM000328.

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