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Seasonal iron depletion in temperate shelf seas

Seasonal iron depletion in temperate shelf seas
Seasonal iron depletion in temperate shelf seas
Our study followed the seasonal cycling of soluble (SFe), colloidal (CFe), dissolved (DFe), total dissolvable (TDFe), labile particulate (LPFe), and total particulate (TPFe) iron in the Celtic Sea (NE Atlantic Ocean). Preferential uptake of SFe occurred during the spring bloom, preceding the removal of CFe. Uptakeand export of Fe during the spring bloom, coupled with a reduction in vertical exchange, led to Fe deplete surface waters (<0.2 nM DFe; 0.11 nM LPFe, 0.45 nM TDFe, and 1.84 nM TPFe) during summer stratification. Below the seasonal thermocline, DFe concentrations increased from spring to autumn, mirroring NO3 and consistent with supply from remineralized sinking organic material, and cycled independently of particulate Fe over seasonal timescales. These results demonstrate that summer Fe availability is comparable to the seasonally Fe limited Ross Sea shelf and therefore is likely low enough to affect phytoplankton growth and species composition.
1944-8007
8987–8996
Birchill, Antony J.
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Gledhill, Martha
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Geibert, Walter
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Birchill, Antony J., Milne, Angela, Woodward, E. Malcolm S., Harris, Carolyn, Annett, Amber, Rusiecka, Dagmara, Achterberg, Eric P., Gledhill, Martha, Ussher, Simon J., Worsfold, Paul J., Geibert, Walter and Lohan, Maeve C. (2017) Seasonal iron depletion in temperate shelf seas. Geophysical Research Letters, 44 (17), 8987–8996. (doi:10.1002/2017GL073881).

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Our study followed the seasonal cycling of soluble (SFe), colloidal (CFe), dissolved (DFe), total dissolvable (TDFe), labile particulate (LPFe), and total particulate (TPFe) iron in the Celtic Sea (NE Atlantic Ocean). Preferential uptake of SFe occurred during the spring bloom, preceding the removal of CFe. Uptakeand export of Fe during the spring bloom, coupled with a reduction in vertical exchange, led to Fe deplete surface waters (<0.2 nM DFe; 0.11 nM LPFe, 0.45 nM TDFe, and 1.84 nM TPFe) during summer stratification. Below the seasonal thermocline, DFe concentrations increased from spring to autumn, mirroring NO3 and consistent with supply from remineralized sinking organic material, and cycled independently of particulate Fe over seasonal timescales. These results demonstrate that summer Fe availability is comparable to the seasonally Fe limited Ross Sea shelf and therefore is likely low enough to affect phytoplankton growth and species composition.

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Accepted/In Press date: 3 August 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 10 August 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 415106
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/415106
ISSN: 1944-8007
PURE UUID: 194ba34b-b638-41c6-850f-cda1eb7e453b
ORCID for Amber Annett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3730-2438

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Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 01:27

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Author: Antony J. Birchill
Author: Angela Milne
Author: E. Malcolm S. Woodward
Author: Carolyn Harris
Author: Amber Annett ORCID iD
Author: Dagmara Rusiecka
Author: Martha Gledhill
Author: Simon J. Ussher
Author: Paul J. Worsfold
Author: Walter Geibert
Author: Maeve C. Lohan

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