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Life sciences : Aquatic sciences & oceanology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/212466
Productivity and temperature as drivers of seasonal and spatial variations of dissolved methane in the Southern Bight of the North Sea
English
Borges, Alberto mailto [Université de Liège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Chemical Oceanography Unit (AGO) >]
Speeckaert, Gaëlle mailto [Université de Liège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Chemical Oceanography Unit (AGO) >]
Champenois, Willy mailto [Université de Liège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Unité d'Océanographie chimique (UOC) >]
Scranton, MI []
Gypens, N []
2017
Ecosystems
Springer Science & Business Media B.V.
doi:10.1007/s10021-017-0171-7
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
1432-9840
1435-0629
[en] Dissolved CH4 concentrations in the Belgian coastal zone (North Sea) ranged between 670 nmol L-1 near-shore and 4 nmol L-1 off-shore. Spatial variations of CH4 were related to sediment organic matter (OM) content and gassy sediments. In near-shore stations with fine sand or muddy sediments, the CH4 seasonal cycle followed water temperature, suggesting methanogenesis control by temperature in these OM rich sediments. In off-shore stations with permeable sediments, the CH4 seasonal cycle showed a yearly peak following the Chlorophyll-a spring peak, suggesting that in these OM poor sediments, methanogenesis depended on freshly produced OM delivery. This does not exclude the possibility that some CH4 might originate from dimethylsulfide (DMS) or dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) or methylphosphonate transformations in the most off-shore stations. Yet, the average seasonal CH4 cycle was unrelated to those of DMS(P), very abundant during the Phaeocystis bloom. The annual average CH4 emission was 126 mmol m-2 yr-1 in the most near-shore stations (~4 km from the coast) and 28 mmol m-2 yr-1 in the most off-shore stations (~23 km from the coast), 1,260 to 280 times higher than the open ocean average value (0.1 mmol m-2 yr-1). The strong control of CH4 by sediment OM content and by temperature suggests that marine coastal CH4 emissions, in particular in shallow areas, should respond to future eutrophication and warming of climate. This is supported by the comparison of CH4 concentrations at five stations obtained in March 1990 and 2016, showing a decreasing trend consistent with alleviation of eutrophication in the area.
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/212466
10.1007/s10021-017-0171-7

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