Downward fluxes of particles, organic carbon, total nitrogen and total phosphorus and the composition of the settled particulate matter were determined in the north-western Adriatic Sea at two coastal sites influenced by the outflows of the Po and Adige rivers and one offshore site. Vertical fluxes were strongly influenced by resuspension processes in addition to the primary flux and advection. The resuspended material contributed on average 34]43% of the total matter sedimented in the near bottom traps in coastal waters. Net annual vertical fluxes due to primary flux and advection. of organic carbon, total nitrogen and phosphorus in the coastal stations were: 71]97 g C my2 yeary1, 8]14 g N my2 yeary1 and 2.1]2.3 g P my2 yeary1, with the highest values recorded at the station off the Po river delta. The offshore site was characterised by net annual fluxes of particulates, C, N and P approximately one order of magnitude lower than the above. The carbon export to the bottom was limited in the warm seasons when it constituted only 2-9% of primary production, due to high recycling and utilisation in the upper layer of the water column, increasing up to 8-18% in winter because of the instability of the water column and low biological utilisation.

Downward fluxes of particulate carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in the north-western Adriatic Sea

Giani M;
2001

Abstract

Downward fluxes of particles, organic carbon, total nitrogen and total phosphorus and the composition of the settled particulate matter were determined in the north-western Adriatic Sea at two coastal sites influenced by the outflows of the Po and Adige rivers and one offshore site. Vertical fluxes were strongly influenced by resuspension processes in addition to the primary flux and advection. The resuspended material contributed on average 34]43% of the total matter sedimented in the near bottom traps in coastal waters. Net annual vertical fluxes due to primary flux and advection. of organic carbon, total nitrogen and phosphorus in the coastal stations were: 71]97 g C my2 yeary1, 8]14 g N my2 yeary1 and 2.1]2.3 g P my2 yeary1, with the highest values recorded at the station off the Po river delta. The offshore site was characterised by net annual fluxes of particulates, C, N and P approximately one order of magnitude lower than the above. The carbon export to the bottom was limited in the warm seasons when it constituted only 2-9% of primary production, due to high recycling and utilisation in the upper layer of the water column, increasing up to 8-18% in winter because of the instability of the water column and low biological utilisation.
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