Carbon and nitrogen cycling in the Scheldt estuary: the major players,long-term changes and an integrated view

J.j. Middelburg, A. Anderson, H.t.s. Boschker, Nathalie Brion, Frank Dehairs, Nicole Dijkman, Jacco Kromkamp, Karline Soetaert

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Abstract

The Scheldt estuary is a highly heterotrophic, nutrient-rich, turbid, tidal estuary in a densely
populated area (Belgium/The Netherlands). Here we present the results (1) on the long-term
changes in nutrient loadings and transformations within the estuary and (2) on nitrogen cycling
rate measurements obtained with isotopic tracers. Moreover, we have developed and applied
novel techniques that allow direct linking of process rates to the identity and biomass of the
organisms involved. Monitoring data and process studies have been used in numerical models to
integrate the various biogeochemical cycles and to advance our understanding of the evolving
estuarine filter function of the Scheldt estuary.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLOICZ Research & Studies
EditorsC. Heip, R. Laane
PublisherHelmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
Number of pages184
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameAspects of coastal research in contribution to LOICZ in the Netherlands and Flanders (2002-2010)

Bibliographical note

Heip, C. & R. Laane

Keywords

  • carbon
  • nitrogen
  • Scheldt Estuary

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