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Dissolved organic carbon as potential indicator of global change : A long-term investigation in the northern Adriatic

Dautović, Jelena; Vojvodić, Vjeročka; Tepić, Nataša; Ćosović, Božena; Ciglenečki-Jušić, Irena (2017) Dissolved organic carbon as potential indicator of global change : A long-term investigation in the northern Adriatic. Science of the total environment, 587/58 . pp. 185-195. ISSN 0048-9697

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Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) is an essential component of the biogeochemical marine system, effecting biological and chemical reactions that take place in the sea. DOC represents a dynamic component of the global carbon cycle. This paper reports 25 years of measurements of DOC content and distribution at seven stations along the transect Po River delta – Rovinj in the northern Adriatic (NA). The results show strong temporal and spatial variability: (1) The highest average DOC concentrations were observed in 1998 and 2002 (143 μmol/L and 137 μmol/L, respectively) ; (2) The minimum average DOC was recorded in 2006 (88 μmol/L) and (3) The short- term DOC accumulation (up to 203, average 102 μmol/L) for the years 2009 to 2012, was observed during the summer and autumn months followed by unusually low DOC concentrations during the winter and spring. The DOC results from the more recent monitoring at the same stations indicate primarily oligotrophic characteristics of the NA seawater (88 μmol/L). The results of DOC variability and distribution in the NA appears to be strongly influenced by complex circulation patterns. This paper provides a “link” between the Ionian circulation and the NA ecosystem as a part of the recently identified Adriatic-Ionian Bimodal Oscillating System (BiOS). A good agreement between the BiOS oscillation and other variables related to the DOC concentration, like the NA A and B winter types, the Po River discharge, salinity, chlorophyll a, occurrence of hypoxic-anoxic conditions, eutrophication and oligotrophication, suggests that DOC might be a good tool and indicator of global change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dissolved organic carbon ; Long-term monitoring ; Northern Adriatic ; Random coefficient model ; BiOS and climate impacts ; Eutrophication-oligotrophication
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Geology
Divisions: Division for Marine and Enviromental Research
Depositing User: Kristina Ciglar
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 10:16
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.02.111

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