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Carbon and nutrient dynamics in a hypertrophic lagoon in southwestern Taiwan
Hung, J.-J.; Hung, P.-Y. (2003). Carbon and nutrient dynamics in a hypertrophic lagoon in southwestern Taiwan. J. Mar. Syst. 42(3-4): 97-114. dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0924-7963(03)00069-1
In: Journal of Marine Systems. Elsevier: Tokyo; Oxford; New York; Amsterdam. ISSN 0924-7963, more
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  • Hung, J.-J.; Hung, P.-Y. (2003). Carbon and nutrient dynamics in a hypertrophic lagoon in southwestern Taiwan, in: Runcie, J.W. et al. (Ed.) Nutrient dynamics in coastal ecosystems - linking physical and biological processes. Journal of Marine Systems, 42(3-4): pp. 97-114. dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0924-7963(03)00069-1, more

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Keywords
    Biogeochemical cycle; Hypertrophy; Nutrients (mineral); Primary production; Marine

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  • Hung, J.-J.
  • Hung, P.-Y.

Abstract
    Dissolved and particulate phases of carbon (DIC, DOC, POC) and nutrients (DIN, DIP, DSi, DON, DOP, PN) were investigated bimonthly from August 1999 to August 2000 to study biogeochemical dynamics of carbon and nutrients in Tapong Bay, a small semi-enclosed and hypertrophic lagoon in southwestern Taiwan. The lagoon has only a tidal inlet for exchanging water between Tapong Bay and Taiwan Strait, which may result in low water exchange rates and various oxygen-deficient conditions in bottom water of the inner bay during warm seasons. The water exchange time of Tapong Bay ranges from 7 days (summer) to 13 days (winter) with a mean of 10 days. Nutrient dynamics were largely ascribed to allochthonous inputs, biological and exported removals in the lagoon. Diffusion fluxes from sediments to overlying water accounted for only about 7.6% of annual DIN inputs and 1.0% of annual DIP inputs. High primary productivity (89 mol C m−2 year−1) supported by abundant nutrients primarily drove the lagoon into a hypertrophic condition as particulate organic matter was derived mainly from biological production. Excess of DIP appeared to occur throughout the study period in the lagoon. Temperature, solar radiation and turbidity, rather than nutrients, perhaps controlled seasonal variations of primary productivity. The net ecosystem production (NEP) derived from daily changes of DOC and POC inventories was about 6.3 mmol C m−2 day−1 that was close to 6.7 mmol C m−2 day−1 simulated from the biogeochemical modeling. Therefore, the net ecosystem production (NEP) rate of organic carbon estimated from the biogeochemical model was reliable, and the NEP was temporally variable with an annual mean of 5.8 mol C m−2 year−1, implying that Tapong Bay was an autotrophic system. Although calcification proceeded pronouncedly in warm seasons, an invasion of CO2 was significant in this system. In terms of nitrogen budget, the annual nitrogen fixation exceeded the annual denitrification with a magnitude of 1.30 mol N m−2 year−1, which may be supported by the abundance of nitrogen fixation microplanktons in the lagoon.

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