Iron limits primary productivity during spring bloom development in the central North Atlantic
Moore, C. Mark, Mills, Matthew M., Milne, Angela, Langlois, Rebecca, Achterberg, Eric P., Lochte, Karin, Geider, Richard J. and La Roche, Julie (2006) Iron limits primary productivity during spring bloom development in the central North Atlantic. Global Change Biology, 12, (4), 626-634. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01122.x).
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We present in situ biophysical measurements and bioassay experiments that demonstrate iron limitation of primary productivity during the spring bloom in the central North Atlantic. Mass balance calculations indicate that nitrate drawdown is iron (Fe)-limited and that aeolian Fe supply to this region cannot support maximal phytoplankton growth during the bloom. Using a simple simulation model, we show that relief of Fe limitation during the spring bloom can increase nitrate drawdown and, hence, new primary production, by 70%. We conclude that the episodic nature of iron supplied by dust deposition is an important factor controlling the dynamics of the spring bloom. From this, we hypothesize that variability in the timing and magnitude of the spring bloom in response to aeolian Fe supply will affect carbon drawdown and food web dynamics in the central North Atlantic.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01122.x|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
|Divisions :||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
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|Date Deposited:||01 Jun 2006|
|Last Modified:||31 Mar 2016 12:07|
The biophysical basis of iron-light co-limitation of phytoplankton photosynthesis
Funded by: NERC (NE/C518114/2)
Led by: Christopher Mark Moore
1 July 2007 to 31 December 2008
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