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Atmospheric deposition of organic matter at a remote site in the central Mediterranean Sea: implications for the marine ecosystem


"Atmospheric fluxes of dissolved organic matter (DOM) were studied for the first time on the island of Lampedusa, a remote site in the central Mediterranean Sea (Med Sea), between 19 March 2015 and 1 April 2017. The main goals of this study were to quantify total atmospheric deposition of DOM in this area and to evaluate the impact of Saharan dust deposition on DOM dynamics in the surface waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Our data show high variability in DOM deposition rates without a clear seasonality and a dissolved organic carbon (DOC) input from the atmosphere of 120.7 mmol DOC m−2 yr−1. [...]"

Source: Biogeosciences
Authors: Yuri Galletti et al.
DOI: 10.5194/bg-17-3669-2020

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