Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Santinelli C., Gasparini G. P., Nannicini L., Seritti A. Vertical distribution of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in the Western Mediterranean Sea in relation to the hydrological characteristics. In: Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers, vol. 49 (12) pp. 2203 - 2219. Elsevier, 2002.
Vertical profiles of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) from eight hydrological stations in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Sardinia Channel and Algerian Sea, are reported. DOC exhibits concentrations ranging from 58 to 88 μM in surface water, 43-57 μM in the intermediate layer and 49-63 μM in deep waters. The assessment of the hydrological characteristics allows different water masses in the study area to be identified; moreover, different hydrological processes are observed in the Tyrrhenian and Algerian basins. DOC exhibits different values in the different water masses. The lowest DOC concentrations (43-46 μM) were found in the Tyrrhenian Levantine Intermediate Water (LIW). Correlations between DOC and apparent oxygen utilization (AOU), investigated within each water mass, exhibit different behaviors in the intermediate and deep waters, suggesting the occurrence of different processes of oxygen consumption in the different water masses.
DOI: 10.1016/S0967-0637(02)00129-2
Subject DOC
Water masses
Western Mediterranean Sea

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