Towards an assessment of riverine dissolved organic carbon in surface waters of the western Arctic Ocean based on remote sensing and biogeochemical modeling

TitleTowards an assessment of riverine dissolved organic carbon in surface waters of the western Arctic Ocean based on remote sensing and biogeochemical modeling
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsLe Fouest V., Matsuoka A., Manizza M, Shernetsky M., Tremblay B., Babin M.
JournalBiogeosciences
Volume15
Pagination1335-1346
Date Published2018/03
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1726-4170
Accession NumberWOS:000426750600001
KeywordsBeaufort Sea; color; data; ecosystem; Environmental Sciences & Ecology; fresh-water; Geology; ice; mackenzie river; matter; Shelf; summer; terrestrial carbon
Abstract

Future climate warming of the Arctic could potentially enhance the load of terrigenous dissolved organic carbon (tDOC) of Arctic rivers due to increased carbon mobilization within watersheds. A greater flux of tDOC might impact the biogeochemical processes of the coastal Arctic Ocean (AO) and ultimately its capacity to absorb atmospheric CO2. In this study, we show that sea-surface tDOC concentrations simulated by a physical-biogeochemical coupled model in the Canadian Beaufort Sea for 2003-2011 compare favorably with estimates retrieved by satellite imagery. Our results suggest that, over spring-summer, tDOC of riverine origin contributes to 35% of primary production and that an equivalent of similar to 10% of tDOC is exported westwards with the potential of fueling the biological production of the eastern Alaskan nearshore waters. The combination of model and satellite data provides promising results to extend this work to the entire AO so as to quantify, in conjunction with in situ data, the expected changes in tDOC fluxes and their potential impact on the AO biogeochemistry at basin scale.

DOI10.5194/bg-15-1335-2018
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