A storm in a shelf sea: Variation in phosphorus distribution and organic matter stoichiometry

Davis, Clare E.; Mahaffey, Claire; Wolff, George A.; Sharples, Jonathan. 2014 A storm in a shelf sea: Variation in phosphorus distribution and organic matter stoichiometry. Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (23). 8452-8459.

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Organic matter (OM) plays an important role in productive shelf seas and their contribution to global carbon (C) and nutrient cycles. We investigated the impact of storm mixing on OM dynamics in the seasonally stratified Celtic Sea. After the storm, OM production was decoupled from consumption in the euphotic layer. Over the 15 day study, dissolved OM (DOM) became phosphorus (P) rich relative to C, whereas particulate OM (POM) became P-deplete relative to C. Upward diapycnal phosphate fluxes were accompanied by reciprocal downward mixing of dissolved organic P (DOP) and particulate P (PPhos). Transfer of DOP and PPhos below the thermocline accounts for 22% and 26%, respectively, of the upward phosphate flux. Given the changes in stoichiometry of POM and DOM after the storm, the form in which OM is transferred below the thermocline has important implications for the efficiency of elemental transfer, impacting C cycling and storage in the ocean.

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ISSN: 00948276
Additional Keywords: shelf sea; phosphorus; nutrients; organic matter; mixing; diapycnal flux
Date made live: 03 Dec 2014 09:44 +0 (UTC)

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