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Particle residence times in surface waters over the north-western Iberian margin: comparison of pre-upwelling and winter periods
Schmidt, S.; Chou, L.; Hall, I.R. (2002). Particle residence times in surface waters over the north-western Iberian margin: comparison of pre-upwelling and winter periods, in: Frankignoulle, M. (Ed.) Exchange Processes at the Ocean Margins. Selected papers from the 32nd International Liège Colloquium on Ocean Hydrodynamics, held in Liège, Belgium on May 8-12, 2000. Journal of Marine Systems, 32(Special Issue 1-3): pp. 3-11. dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0924-7963(02)00027-1
In: Frankignoulle, M. (Ed.) (2002). Exchange Processes at the Ocean Margins. Selected papers from the 32nd International Liège Colloquium on Ocean Hydrodynamics, held in Liège, Belgium on May 8-12, 2000. Journal of Marine Systems, 32(Special Issue 1-3). Elsevier: Amsterdam. 1-252 pp., more
In: Journal of Marine Systems. Elsevier: Tokyo; Oxford; New York; Amsterdam. ISSN 0924-7963, more
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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Continental margins; Particles; Particles; Particles; Particulate organic carbon; Residence time; Seasonal variations; AE, North Atlantic [Marine Regions]; Marine
Author keywords
    continental margin; particle; residence time; seasonal time scale; Th-234; particulate organic carbon

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  • Schmidt, S., correspondent
  • Chou, L., more
  • Hall, I.R.

Abstract
    Thorium-234 is used over the north-western Iberian Margin as a tracer of sinking particle fluxes on time scales of days to weeks. As a part of Ocean Margin Exchange (OMEX) project (II-II), samples were collected during pre-upwelling (June 1997) and winter (January 1998) periods. During the pre-upwelling situation, the distribution of total 234Th is rather uniform, with a mean deficiency of 24%. In contrast, particulate 234Th activities increase from the shelf to open ocean. As a result, particle residence times derived from 234Th show a considerable range between 4 and 45 days, with a mean value of about 26 days. In the shelf waters, there is no clear trend in particle residence time, whereas the offshore stations present a more obvious signal with a gradual increase from about 10 days over the slope to nearly 30 days in the open ocean. In winter, total 234Th activities are more variable, and both deficit and equilibrium situations are observed. The mean deficit of total 234Th is low, about 10%, which may reflect reduced export fluxes at this time. Moreover, in the shelf waters during winter, particulate 234Th presents higher levels when compared with the pre-upwelling situation, which may be due to more intense resuspension of shallow sediments. As a consequence, average near-surface particle residence times are significantly longer in winter, with a mean value of 113 days. Estimates of export flux of particulate organic carbon (POC) from the upper ocean, using the ratio of POC and 234Th of particles, range between 1 and 56 mmol C m-2 day-1 in June 1997, and ca. 0 and 25 mmol C m-2 day-1 in January 1998. These variations reflect the large differences in hydrographic conditions and primary production levels between the two seasonal situations.

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