Material transported in the atmosphere originates from a variety of natural and anthropogenic sources and contains both macro- and micronutrients (N, P, C, Si, trace metals including iron and copper) and potentially toxic elements (e.g. copper, lead). Consequently deposition represents an important source of new nutrients and particles for large regions of the open ocean.

The following SOLAS endorsed project contributes to the Mid-Term Strategy:
DONUT-Dependence of dissolved organic matter cycling on atmospheric inputs of nutrients


SOLAS documentation related to the topic:

Date Document

Spring 2013

Law, C. et al., Evolving Research Directions in Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere (SOLAS) Science (2013) Environmental Chemistry, 10, 1-16.

Conceptual diagram illustrating the main issues, processes and species relating to the SOLAS Atmospheric nutrients strategy (click here for copyright info)

Spring 2013

Moore et al. (2013) Processes and patterns of oceanic nutrient limitation, Nature Geoscience. DOI:10.1038/NGE01765
This review paper is an outcome of the IGBP/SCOR Fast Track Initiative on Upper Ocean Nutrient Limitation: processes, patterns and potential for change (2009-2011).

Summer 2011

SOLAS Newsletter Issue 13 update

December 2010

Report-  workshop on 'Atmospheric versus land based controls of nutrient cycling and production in the surface ocean: from fieldwork to modeling'

November 2010

Report- workshop on 'Upper ocean nutrient limitation: processes, patterns and potential for change'

October 2010

Report- workshop on '2010 GEOTRACES Mediterranean planning workshop'

November 2009

SOLAS Open Science Conference 2009, Barcelona, Spain
Discussion session abstract and report


White Papers (pdf 32.6kB)

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