hrvatski jezikClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

How do certain atmospheric aerosols affect Cu-binding organic ligands in the oligotrophic coastal sea surface microlayer?

Strmečki Kos, Slađana; Dešpoja, Iva; Penezić, Abra; Milinković, Andrea; Bakija Alempijević, Saranda; Kiss, Gyula; Hoffer, András; Mitić, Božena; Hruševar, Dario; Frka, Sanja (2024) How do certain atmospheric aerosols affect Cu-binding organic ligands in the oligotrophic coastal sea surface microlayer?. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 26 (1). pp. 119-135. ISSN 2050-7887

[img] PDF - Accepted Version - article
Restricted to Registered users only until January 2025.

Download (1MB) | Request a personal copy from author


It is still unclear how the chemical speciation of Cu in surface seawater is impacted by aerosols from various sources deposited on the sea surface, which is surprising, considering the environmental importance of Cu. Therefore, we used voltammetry to investigate Cu complexing capacity (CuCC) in the sea surface microlayer (SML) and in the underlying water (ULW) of the oligotrophic middle Adriatic Sea during February–July 2019. The focus was on the impacts of specific atmospheric processes such as open-fire biomass burning (BB), pollination season and Saharan dust intrusion. The presence of ligand class L2 (19.9–392.0, average 63.8, median 43.1) nM; log K2 (8.3–10.2, average 9.6, median 9.6) was observed in all samples, while ligand class L1 (40.5–76.1, average 53.6, median 48.9) nM; log K1 (10.3–11.1, average 10.6, median 10.5) was found in only 25% of SML samples. Throughout the period, the SML was enriched with organic ligands by a factor of up to 9.1 compared to the ULW, mainly due to the high sensitivity of the SML to specific atmospheric depositions. In addition, measurements with corresponding specific model aerosols were conducted to analyse their impacts on CuCC. Pollen directly affected CuCC in the SML by increasing the concentration of allochthonous ligands such as proteins. The deposition of BB aerosols rich in nutrients and trace metals stimulated the biological production of organic ligands, showing an indirect effect on CuCC delayed by up to two weeks. Finally, Saharan dust had a negligible impact on CuCC. This study illustrates the susceptibility of oligotrophic coastal area to the effects of pollen and open-fire BB aerosols in altering the Cu-binding organic ligands in the SML.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biomass burning; Cu complexing capacity; pollen; Saharan dust; oligotrophic sea surface
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Chemistry
NATURAL SCIENCES > Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences
NATURAL SCIENCES > Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences > Environmental Science
Divisions: Division for Marine and Enviromental Research
Project titleProject leaderProject codeProject type
Biokemijski odgovori površinskog sloja oligotrofnog područja Jadranskog mora na atmosfersko taloženje-BiREADISanja Frka MilosavljevićIP-2018-01-3105HRZZ
Depositing User: Slađana Strmečki Kos
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2024 13:25
DOI: 10.1039/d3em00415e

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

Increase Font
Decrease Font
Dyslexic Font