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Atmospheric input of nitrogen and phosphorus to the Southeast Mediterranean: Sources, fluxes, and possible impact

Herut, B., Krom, M.D., Pan, G. and Mortimer, R. (1999) Atmospheric input of nitrogen and phosphorus to the Southeast Mediterranean: Sources, fluxes, and possible impact. Limnology and Oceanography, 44 (7). pp. 1683-1692. ISSN 0024-3590

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Estimates of the sources and wet deposition fluxes of inorganic nutrients (PO43-, NO3-, NO2-, NH4+) have been made using a long-term wet atmospheric deposition measurement at three sites along the Mediterranean coast of Israel. The nutrient composition in rainwater indicated a dominant anthropogenic source for NO, and NH: and a continental, natural, and anthropogenic, rock/soil source for PO43-. The calculated long-term dissolved inorganic N (IN) and inorganic P (IP) fluxes were 0.28 and 0.009 g m(-2) yr(-1) to the coastal zone and estimated as 0.24 and 0.008 g m(-2) yr(-1) to the Southeast (SE) Mediterranean, with a possible increasing pattern of the annual dissolved IN fluxes. Concentration of total and seawater leachable LP (LIP) from dust was examined on 20 Whatman 41 filters collected during 1996. The mean total IP concentration in dust was 0.13 +/- 0.11% (geomean = 0.09%), with a mean of 387 +/- 205 mu g IP per g of dust leached by seawater. LIP from dust varies between 6 and 85% (mean of 38%) of the dry total IF. Dust of desert-type (Saharan) events exhibited lower LIP solubility in seawater (similar to 25%, median) than air masses of European origin (similar to 45%, median). The calculated ratio of wet deposition to total (wet and dry) deposition here of 0.2 showed the importance of dry deposition of P in the SE Mediterranean basin compared to atmospheric inputs into the northwestern basin. The total IP and seawater LIP fluxes from dry deposition were estimated as 0.04 and 0.01 g m(-2) yr(-1), respectively. Atmospheric inputs of bioavailable N and P represent an imbalanced contribution to the new production of 8-20 and 4-11%, respectively, and reinforce the unusual N: P ratios (similar to 27) and possible P limitation in the SE Mediterranean.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © Copyright 1999 by the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > School of Earth and Environment (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2004
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 08:17
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/225

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