Hydrodynamic sorting controls the transport and hampers source identification of terrigenous organic matter: a case study in East China Sea inner shelf and its implication

Ji, Y., Feng, L., Zhang, D., Wang, Q., Pan, G. ORCID: 0000-0003-0920-3018 and Li, X., 2020. Hydrodynamic sorting controls the transport and hampers source identification of terrigenous organic matter: a case study in East China Sea inner shelf and its implication. Science of The Total Environment, 706: 135699. ISSN 0048-9697

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Abstract

Transport of terrigenous organic matter (TerOM) in marginal seas plays an important role in marine carbon cycle which is closely related to global climate change. Suspended particulates in East China Sea (ECS) inner shelf are subject to strong influence of seasonally varied Zhe-Min Coastal Current (ZMCC) and Taiwan Warm Current (TWC). Transport of TerOM attached to the mineral particulates is therefore largely dependent on these hydrodynamic conditions. To address the transport pattern of TerOM in highly dynamic marginal seas and its implication, sediment samples were collected from ECS inner shelf and fractionated by water elutriation to simulate the hydrodynamic sorting process. Lignin phenols were determined for each fraction. The abundance of C phenols preferentially concentrated in the finer fractions, which is believed as a collective effect of hydrodynamic sorting, diagenetic reactivity and association preference of C phenols with finer sediments. In contrast to the expectation, sediments at the southernmost site did not have the highest mass percentage for the finest fraction, the lowest lignin abundance and the highest degradation status. Combining the results of lignin parameters with seawater temperature and salinity profiles, it is proposed that sediments are transported along the inner shelf southward in winter and northward in summer to some extent with the influence of seasonally varied ZMCC and TWC, induced by the seasonality of East Asia Monsoon (EAM). Finer grained sediments are more susceptible to this process. This transport pattern, which was only reported previously in ocean modeling, was firstly supported by the observation of lignin biomarkers. It is suggested that cross-shelf transport of sediments in ECS seems to be possible, but is complicated and is also affected by the seasonal variation of EAM. This study improved the understanding of hydrodynamic sorting on the transport of TerOM and carbon cycling in the marine system.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Science of The Total Environment
Creators: Ji, Y., Feng, L., Zhang, D., Wang, Q., Pan, G. and Li, X.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: 1 March 2020
Volume: 706
ISSN: 0048-9697
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135699DOI
1249735Other
S0048969719356943Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 05 Dec 2019 11:12
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2020 10:24
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38761

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