Physical and bacterial controls on inorganic nutrients and dissolved organic carbon during a sea ice growth and decay experiment

Zhou, J. and Delille, B. and Kaartokallio, H. and Kattner, G. and Kuosa, H. and Tilson, J.-L. and Autio, R. and Dieckmann, G.S. and Evers, K.-U. and Jorgensen, L. and Kennedy, H. and Kotovitch, M. and Luhtanen, A.-M. and Stedmon, C.A. and Thomas, D.N. (2014) Physical and bacterial controls on inorganic nutrients and dissolved organic carbon during a sea ice growth and decay experiment. Marine Chemistry, 166. pp. 59-69. DOI: 10.1016/j.marchem.2014.09.013

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We investigated how physical incorporation, brine dynamics and bacterial activity regulate the distribution of inorganic nutrients and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in artificial sea ice during a 19-day experiment that included periods of both ice growth and decay. The experiment was performed using two series of mesocosms: the first consisted of seawater and the second consisted of seawater enriched with humic-rich river water. We grew ice by freezing the water at an air temperature of � 14 °C for 14 days after which ice decay was induced by increasing the air temperature to � 1 °C. Using the ice temperatures and bulk ice salinities, we derived the brine volume fractions, brine salinities and Rayleigh numbers. The temporal evolution of these physical parameters indicates that there was two main stages in the brine dynamics: bottom convection during ice growth, and brine stratification during ice decay. The major findings are: (1) the incorporation of dissolved compounds (nitrate, nitrite, ammonium, phosphate, silicate, and DOC) into the sea ice was not conservative (relative to salinity) during ice growth. Brine convection clearly influenced the incorporation of the dissolved compounds, since the non-conservative behavior of the dissolved compounds was particularly pronounced in the absence of brine convection. (2) Bacterial activity further regulated nutrient availability in the ice: ammonium and nitrite accumulated as a result of remineralization processes, although bacterial production was too low to induce major changes in DOC concentrations. (3) Different forms of DOC have different properties and hence incorporation efficiencies. In particular, the terrestrially-derived DOC from the river water was less efficiently incorporated into sea ice than the DOC in the seawater...

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Natural Sciences > School of Ocean Sciences
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2015 02:51
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:53
ISSN: 0304-4203
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/4810
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1016/j.marchem.2014.09.013
Publisher: Elsevier
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