Evaluation of air-sea CO2 fluxes in the ocean-ecosystem model FESOM-REcoM and in the Global Carbon Budget Models
We evaluate the total annual CO2 uptake and its regional distribution of the historical run and compare modelled pCO2 to observed pCO2 from the SOCAT data-base. The relative interannual variability mismatch and RMSE are similar to that calculated with the same biogeochemical model coupled to the MITgcm ocean circulation model. These numbers and further metrics for model evaluation e.g. natural CO2 fluxes, mismatch time-series, seasonal cycle are set into context by providing the same evaluation for the Global Carbon Budget (GCB) Models. This closes a gap, as these estimates of the ocean carbon sink are used in the community, but their performance has not been documented in detail. We’ll further present methodological updates to the ocean carbon sink estimate in the latest GCB release.