The role of dust in the cycling of iron in the ocean

Christoph.Voelker [ at ]


Lithogenic material, carried by the atmosphere and deposited as dust, is a major source of trace metals to the ocean. In the tropical Atlantic, which receives at least half of the global deposition flux to the oceans, dust is very likely to be the dominant source of iron. Iron is also an important micronutrient for marine biology, so the delivery of dust couples the atmosphere, the global carbon cycle and climate. But how much of the dust-deposited iron becomes bioavailable also depends on the seawater side: Iron is hardly soluble in oxic seawater and rapidly scavenged onto particle surfaces. Dust deposition also is a source of particles, and hence can act as a sink for dissolved iron. This talk will give an overview about the role of dust for marine biological productivity and how it is affected by chemistry of iron in the ocean. I will then discuss the double role of iron as a source and sink of iron, using insights from modelling and a series of recent measurements in the tropical Atlantic. Finally I will outline gaps in our current understanding and modelling of the marine iron cycle and point to ways forward.

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Leipziger Meteorologisches Kolloquium, 03 Nov 2006 - 03 Nov 2016, TROPOS Leibniz Institut für Troposphärenforschung.
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Völker, C. and Ye, Y. (2016): The role of dust in the cycling of iron in the ocean , Leipziger Meteorologisches Kolloquium, TROPOS Leibniz Institut für Troposphärenforschung, 3 November 2006 - 3 November 2016 .


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