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The RSMAS CFC Laboratory, as part of the Division of Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry, carries out oceanic measurements of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) on board ship. The data are used to study the time scales and variations in ocean ventilation, which is broadly defined as the penetration and sinking of waters from the surface ocean into the interior. The time scale information is used, for example, to estimate and evaluate variations in water mass formation rates (e.g., Meridional Overturning Circulation), subduction rates, effective transport rates, anthropogenic carbon dioxide inventories, and biogeochemical rates (e.g., oxygen utilization rates, denitrification rates, dissolved organic carbon life times).

The CFC laboratory is under the direction of Dr. Rana Fine. Please follow the links for Dr. Fine's Awards and Honors, Activities, and Curriculum Vitae.


Recent Publications.

Student Opportunities

Past and Current Projects

Atlantic Ocean


Indian Ocean


Pacific Ocean


Global Oceanic Chlorofluorocarbon Inventory

Antarctic Intermediate Water

Useful links:

CCHDO (Clivar and Carbon Hydrographic Data Office)

Meet the CFC group.


Contact Information:

University of Miami
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Division of Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry
CFC Laboratory
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149-1098
(305) 421-4722

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