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See detailEnhanced ocean carbon storage from anaerobic alkalinity generation in coastal sediments
Thomas, H.; Schiettecatte, L.-S.; Suykens, Kim ULg et al

in Biogeosciences (2009), 6

The coastal ocean is a crucial link between land, the open ocean and the atmosphere. The shallowness of the water column permits close interactions between the sedimentary, aquatic and atmospheric ... [more ▼]

The coastal ocean is a crucial link between land, the open ocean and the atmosphere. The shallowness of the water column permits close interactions between the sedimentary, aquatic and atmospheric compartments, which otherwise are decoupled at long time scales ( =1000 yr) in the open oceans. Despite the prominent role of the coastal oceans in absorbing atmospheric CO2 and transferring it into the deep oceans via the continental shelf pump, the underlying mechanisms remain only partly understood. Evaluating observations from the North Sea, a NW European shelf sea, we provide evidence that anaerobic degradation of organic matter, fuelled from land and ocean, generates total alkalinity (AT) and increases the CO2 buffer capacity of seawater. At both the basin wide and annual scales anaerobic AT generation in the North Sea’s tidal mud flat area irreversibly facilitates 7–10%, or taking into consideration benthic denitrification in the North Sea, 20–25% of the North Sea’s overall CO2 uptake. At the global scale, anaerobic AT generation could be accountable for as much as 60% of the uptake of CO2 in shelf and marginal seas, making this process, the anaerobic pump, a key player in the biological carbon pump. Under future high CO2 conditions oceanic CO2 storage via the anaerobic pump may even gain further relevance because of stimulated ocean productivity. [less ▲]

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See detailDistribution, origin and cycling of carbon in the Tana River (Kenya): a dry season basin-scale survey from headwaters to the delta
Bouillon, S.; Abril, G.; Borges, Alberto ULg et al

in Biogeosciences (2009), 6

The Tana River basin (TRB) is the largest in Kenya (_120 000 km2). We conducted a survey during the dry season throughout the TRB, analyzing a broad suite of biogeochemical parameters. Biogeochemical ... [more ▼]

The Tana River basin (TRB) is the largest in Kenya (_120 000 km2). We conducted a survey during the dry season throughout the TRB, analyzing a broad suite of biogeochemical parameters. Biogeochemical signatures in headwater streams were highly variable. Along the middle and lower river course, total suspended matter (TSM) concentrations increased more than 30-fold despite the absence of tributary inputs, indicating important resuspension events of internally stored sediment. These resuspended sediment inputs were characterized by a lower and 14C-depleted OC content, suggesting selective degradation of more recent material during sediment retention. Masinga Dam (a large reservoir on the upper river) induced a strong nutrient retention (_50% for inorganic N, _72% for inorganic phosphate, and _40% for dissolved silicate). Moreover, while DOC pools and _13C signatures were similar above, in and below the reservoir, the POC pool in Masinga surface waters was dominated by 13C-depleted phytoplankton, which contributed to the riverine POC pool immediately below the dam, but rapidly disappeared further downstream, suggesting rapid remineralization of this labile C pool in the river system. Despite the generally high turbidity, the combination of relatively high oxygen saturation levels, low _18O signatures of dissolved O2 (all <+24.2‰), and the relatively low pCO2 values suggest that in-stream primary production was significant, even though pigment data suggest that phytoplankton makes only a minor contribution to the total POC pool in the Tana River. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms controlling the air-sea CO2 flux in the North Sea
Prowe, F. A. E.; Thomas, H.; Pätsch, J. et al

in Continental Shelf Research (2009), 29

The mechanisms driving the air–sea exchange of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the North Sea are investigated using the three-dimensional coupled physical–biogeochemical model ECOHAM (ECOlogical model, HAMburg ... [more ▼]

The mechanisms driving the air–sea exchange of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the North Sea are investigated using the three-dimensional coupled physical–biogeochemical model ECOHAM (ECOlogical model, HAMburg). We validate our simulations using field data for the years 2001–2002 and identify the controls of the air–sea CO2 flux for two locations representative for the North Sea’s biogeochemical provinces. In the seasonally stratified northern region, net CO2 uptake is high (2:06molm 2 a 1) due to high net community production (NCP) in the surface water. Overflow production releasing semi labile dissolved organic carbon needs to be considered for a realistic simulation of the low dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) concentrations observed during summer. This biologically driven carbon drawdown outcompetes the temperature-driven rise in CO2 partial pressure (pCO2) during the productive season. In contrast, the permanently mixed southern region is a weak net CO2 source (0:78molm 2 a 1). NCP is generally low except for the spring bloom because remineralization parallels primary production. Here, the pCO2 appears to be controlled by temperature. [less ▲]

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See detailIberian Margin: The Rias
Álvarez–Salgado, X. A.; Borges, Alberto ULg; Figueiras, F. G. et al

in Carbon and Nutrient Fluxes in Continental Margins (2009)

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See detailInfluence of giant kelp beds (Macrocystis pyrifera) on diel cycles of pCO2 and DIC in the Sub-Antarctic coastal area
Delille, Bruno ULg; Borges, Alberto ULg; Delille, Daniel

in Estuarine Coastal & Shelf Science (2009), 81

The partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) and dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) were monitored in shallow coastal waters located inside and outside giant kelp beds (Macrocystis pyrifera) located in the Kerguelen ... [more ▼]

The partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) and dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) were monitored in shallow coastal waters located inside and outside giant kelp beds (Macrocystis pyrifera) located in the Kerguelen Archipelago (Southern Ocean). Photosynthesis and respiration by microplankton and kelp lead to marked pCO2 and DIC diel cycles. Daily variations of pCO2 and DIC are significant in the spring and summer, but absent in the winter, reflecting the seasonal cycle of biological activity in the kelp beds. If the kelp beds seem to favour the onset of phytoplankton blooms, most of the primary production inside the kelp beds is due to the kelp itself. The primary production of Macrocystis kelp beds in the Sub-Antarctic high-nutrient, low-chlorophyll (HNLC) waters off the Kerguelen Archipelago is elevated and closely linked to light availability. This production is significant from October to March and reaches its climax in December at the solar radiation maximum. [less ▲]

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See detailCarbon cycling in the mixolimnion of Lake Kivu (East Africa)
Borges, Alberto ULg; Descy, J.-P.; Delille, Bruno ULg et al

Poster (2009)

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See detailSeasonal variability of carbon dioxide and methane in the rivers and lagoons of Ivory Coast (West Africa)
Koné, Y. J. M.; Abril, G.; Delille, Bruno ULg et al

Poster (2009)

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See detailCarbon cycling in the mixolimnion of Lake Kivu (East Africa)
Borges, Alberto ULg; Descy, J.-P.; Delille, Bruno ULg et al

Conference (2009)

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See detailCarbon cycling in the mixolimnion of Lake Kivu (East Africa)
Borges, Alberto ULg; Descy, J.-P.; Delille, Bruno ULg et al

Poster (2009)

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See detailThe Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT) - Coastal Regional group
Borges, Alberto ULg; Chen, A. T. C.; The SOCAT Regional group

Poster (2009)

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See detailA revised carbon budget for the North Sea
Paetsch, J.; Kuehn, W.; Borges, Alberto ULg et al

Conference (2009)

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See detailBiogeochemical Investigations of Coccolithophore Blooms along the Continental Margin of the Northern Bay of Biscay: Highlights of the PEACE Project
Chou, Lei; Harlay, Jérôme ULg; De Bodt, Caroline et al

Poster (2008, October 06)

Recent studies have demonstrated that changing ocean chemistry due to ocean acidification poses a growing threat for marine organisms such as corals, coccolithophores and many others that form calcareous ... [more ▼]

Recent studies have demonstrated that changing ocean chemistry due to ocean acidification poses a growing threat for marine organisms such as corals, coccolithophores and many others that form calcareous skeletons. Its biogeochemical feedbacks and impact on the oceanic carbon cycle are yet to be quantified. Coccolithophores are the major calcifying phytoplankton in the sub-polar and temperate regions of the world’s ocean. They produce furthermore transparent exopolymer particles (TEP), which are known to promote aggregate formation. Combined with the CaCO3 ballast effect, large-scale coccolithophore blooms could thus contribute to the export of organic carbon to deep waters on relatively short time scales. During the Belgian PEACE project, we have conducted yearly interdisciplinary biogeochemical surveys, assisted by remote sensing, along the continental margin of the northern Bay of Biscay where coccolithophore blooms dominated by Emiliania huxleyi are frequently and recurrently observed (Figure 1). Rates of various processes governing the coccolithophore ecosystem dynamics have been determined and associated biogeochemical parameters analysed. The overall objective is to evaluate the role in climate regulation of calcification, primary production and export processes during coccolithophore blooms. Here we report the principal results obtained during the 2006 campaign. [less ▲]

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See detailNet ecosystem production and carbon dioxide fluxes in the Scheldt estuarine plume
Borges, Alberto ULg; Ruddick, Kevin; Schiettecatte, Laure-Sophie et al

in BMC Ecology (2008), 8(15),

Background A time series of 4 consecutive years of measurements of the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) in the Scheldt estuarine plume is used here to estimate net ecosystem production (NEP). Results NEP in ... [more ▼]

Background A time series of 4 consecutive years of measurements of the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) in the Scheldt estuarine plume is used here to estimate net ecosystem production (NEP). Results NEP in the Scheldt estuarine plume is estimated from the temporal changes of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC). The strong seasonal variations of NEP are consistent with previous reports on organic carbon dynamics in the area. These variations are related to successive phytoplankton blooms that partly feed seasonally variable heterotrophy the rest of the year. On an annual time scale the Scheldt estuarine plume behaves as a net heterotrophic system sustained with organic carbon input from the Scheldt inner estuary and the Belgian coast. During one of the years of the time-series the estuarine plume behaved annually as a net autotrophic system. This anomalous ecosystem metabolic behaviour seemed to result from a combination of bottom-up factors affecting the spring phytoplankton bloom (increased nutrient delivery and more favourable incoming light conditions). This net autotrophy seemed to lead to a transient aa accumulation of organic carbon, most probably in the sediments, that fed a stronger heterotrophy the following year. Conclusion The present work highlights the potential of using pCO2 data to derive detailed seasonal estimates of NEP in highly dynamic coastal environments. These can be used to determine potential inter-annual variability of NEP due to natural climatic oscillations or due to changes in anthropogenic impacts. [less ▲]

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See detailCoccolithophore bloom dynamics shape bacterioplankton communities in the northern Bay of Biscay
Van Oostende, Nicolas; Vyverman, Wim; Harlay, Jérôme ULg et al

Poster (2008, August 17)

Coccolithophores (Prymnesiophyceae) such as Emiliania huxleyi belong to the most productive calcifying organisms in the oceans. During two consecutive years we assessed bacterial diversity and dynamics ... [more ▼]

Coccolithophores (Prymnesiophyceae) such as Emiliania huxleyi belong to the most productive calcifying organisms in the oceans. During two consecutive years we assessed bacterial diversity and dynamics during the course of spring phytoplankton blooms dominated by coccolithophores in the northern part of the Bay of Biscay. Bacterioplankton community composition was assessed by means of denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) in combination with 16S rRNA gene clone libraries. We used ordination analysis to relate bacterioplankton community dynamics to phytoplankton pigment data and environmental parameters (nutrient concentrations, total alkalinity, concentration of transparent exopolymeric particles (TEP), pCO2). We found a clear difference in composition between the free-living and the particle-associated bacterial assemblage, with the identified Flavobacteria and Sphingobacteria phylotypes being characteristic for the particle-associated bacterial assemblage and Alfaproteobacteria and members of the SAR86 cluster dominating the free-living bacterial assemblage. Stations along the continental margin, at different stages in the coccolithophore bloom, were characterized by distinct bacterial assemblages which correlated well with changes in phytoplankton community composition and TEP abundance. We hypothesize that coccolithophore bloom dynamics shape both the free-living and the particle associated bacterial assemblages through phytoplankton group-specific associations and TEP production [less ▲]

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