Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Seritti A., Manca B., Santinelli C., Murru E., Boldrin A., Nannicini L. Relationships between dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and water mass structures in the Ionian Sea (winter 1999). In: Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, vol. 108 (C9) article n. 8112. American Geophysical Union, 2003.
"Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and particulate organic carbon (POC) distribution in the water column were investigated at eight hydrological stations, located in the Ionian Sea, during January 1999. DOC and POC exhibited values in the range 50-73 muM and 0.7-2.7 muM, respectively, in the surface waters, and 31-62 muM and 0.2-0.8 muM in the intermediate and deep waters. The main water masses circulating in the Ionian were identified through potential temperature (theta) versus salinity (S) diagrams and their distribution patterns were verified in the cross-basin longitudinal sections of temperature and salinity. In particular, the water masses formed in the Cretan Sea ( southern Aegean), specifically the Cretan Intermediate Water (CIW) and the Cretan Deep Water (CDW), outflowing through the Cretan straits, occupy similar deep horizons as the Levantine Intermediate Water (LIW) and Eastern Mediterranean Deep Water (EMDW) of Adriatic origin, respectively. DOC exhibited different concentrations in each water mass; its range was 39-42 muM in the LIW, 54-62 muM in the CIW, 31-36 muM in the EMDW of Adriatic origin, 43-47 muM in the CDW, and 44-48 muM in the EMDW of the western-central Ionian. The highest DOC concentrations were found in the water masses originated in the Aegean Sea and in the EMDW of the western-central Ionian. Further, DOC versus apparent oxygen utilization (AOU) relationships were investigated within each water mass. In both intermediate and deep waters the results showed linear correlations between DOC and AOU, although with a different sign and slope."
DOI: 10.1029/2002JC001345
Subject DOC
water masses
eastern Mediterranean Sea

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