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Production, transport and destination of organic material and associated elements in marine systems

Dutch title: Productie, transport en bestemming van organisch materiaal en geassocieerde elementen in zeesystemen
Reference no: GC/B/07
Period: December 1990 till November 1994
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Carbon; Coastal waters; Nitrogen; Nutrients (mineral)
Geographical term: ANE, North Sea, Southern Bight [Marine Regions]

Institutes (4)  Top 
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Faculteit Wetenschappen & Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen; Vakgroep Chemie; Analytical, Environmental and Geochemistry (AMGC), more
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles; Faculté des Sciences; Département des Sciences de la Terre et de l'Environnement; Unité Modélisation Biogéochimique Système Terre; Laboratory of Chemical Oceanography and Water Geochemistry (LoCGE), more
  • Université de Liège; Faculté des Sciences; Département de Biologie, Ecologie et Evolution; Laboratoire d'Océanologie, more
  • Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), more, sponsor

The general aim of this project was to assess the role of coastal zones and ocean margins in terms of sources and sinks of biogenic elements associated with global change. Therefore major processes (uptake rates of inorganic nitrogen compounds such as NO3, NO2 and NH4 and ammonium mineralization rates) affecting the carbon and nitrogen cycling in those environments were studied. Sampling was carried out with the RV Belgica (11-26 Sept. 1989, 02-18 July 1990, 24 June to 10 July 1991, 16-27 June 1992 and 08-23 Oct. 1992).
Data were collected in the English Channel, the shelf edge (La Chapelle bank) and the upwelling region of the Spanish coast (La Coruna and Vigo). In 1993, intercalibration experiments were performed within the framework of the European project Ocean Margin Exchange (OMEX) covering the same investigation area.

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