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In:  Geo-Marine Letters, 37 (2). pp. 179-192.
Publication Date: 2019-02-01
Description: Estuary-type circulation is a residual circulation in coastal systems with horizontal density gradients. It drives the accumulation of suspended particulate matter in coastal embayments where density gradients are sustained by some freshwater inflow from rivers. Ebenhöh et al. (Ecol Model 174(3):241–252, 2004) found that shallow water depth can explain nutrient gradients becoming established towards the coast even in the absence of river inflow. The present study follows their concept and investigates the characteristic transport of organic matter towards the coast based on idealised scenarios whereby an estuary-type circulation is maintained by surface freshwater fluxes and pronounced shoaling towards the coast. A coupled hydrodynamical and biogeochemical model is used to simulate the dynamics of nutrient gradients and to derive budgets of organic matter flux for a coastal transect. Horizontal nutrient gradients are considered only in terms of tidal asymmetries of suspended matter transport. The results show that the accumulation of organic matter near the coast is not only highly sensitive to variations in the sinking velocity of suspended matter but is also noticeably enhanced by an increase in precipitation. This scenario is comparable with North Sea conditions. By contrast, horizontal nutrient gradients would be reversed in the case of evaporation-dominated inverse estuaries (cf. reverse gradients of nutrient and organic matter concentrations). Credible coastal nutrient budget calculations are required for resolving trends in eutrophication. For tidal systems, the present results suggest that these calculations require an explicit consideration of freshwater flux and asymmetries in tidal mixing. In the present case, the nutrient budget for the vertically mixed zone also indicates carbon pumping from the shelf sea towards the coast from as far offshore as 25 km.
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In:  Progress in Oceanography, 171 . pp. 231-250.
Publication Date: 2019-07-30
Description: A central aspect of coastal biogeochemistry is to determine how nutrients, lithogenic- and organic matter are distributed and transformed within coastal and estuarine environments. Analyses of the spatio-temporal changes of total suspended matter (TSM) concentration indicate strong and variable linkages between intertidal fringes and pelagic regions. In particular, knowledge about the organic fraction of TSM provides insight to how biogenic and lithogenic particulate matter are distributed in suspension. In our study we take advantage of a set of over 3000 in situ Loss on Ignition (LoI) data from the Southern North Sea that represent fractions of particulate organic matter (POM) relative to TSM (LoI $\equiv$ POM:TSM). We introduce a parameterization (POM-TSM model) that distinguishes between two POM fractions incorporated in TSM. One fraction is described in association with mineral particles. The other represents a seasonally varying fresh pool of POM. The performance of the POM-TSM model is tested against data derived from MERIS/ENVISAT-TSM products of the German Bight. Our analysis of remote sensing data exhibits specific qualitative features of TSM that can be attributed to distinct coastal zones. Most interestingly, a transition zone between the Wadden Sea and seasonally stratified regions of the Southern North Sea is identified where mineral associated POM appears in concentrations comparable to those of freshly produced POM. We will discuss how this transition is indicative for a zone of effective particle interaction and sedimentation.The dimension of this transition zone varies between seasons and with location. Our proposed POM-TSM model is generic and can be calibrated against in situ data of other coastal regions.
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