Modelling the comparative influence of riverine input and coastal erosion on sediments in the Laptev Sea


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Jens.Strauss [ at ] awi.de

Abstract

The Laptev sea in the Russian Arctic receives organic rich sediments from both erosion of coastal cliffs and from the Lena river, the worlds 13th largest by discharge, which drains a large permafrost rich area of the Asian continent. These sediments differ both in their physical characteristics and in the bioavailability of their carbon. The comparative distribution and residence time of these two sediment types will therefore have an impact on the shelf biogeochemistry. We use the unstructured grid hydrodynamic model FVCOM to model the Laptev sea around the Lena outflow. Output from this model drives a simple model of sediment tracers, with seperate classes for coastal and riverine input. Existing sediment observations are used to calibrate the model setup. This setup is used to study the spatial distribution and residence times of the two sediment sources both under current conditions and under a future scenario reflecting the expected change in freshwater input and ice cover.



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Not peer-reviewed
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Arktis im Wandel - Changing Arctic Ocean - Annual Science Meeting, 14 Jan 2020 - 16 Jan 2020, Potsdam, Germany.
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51404
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Bedington, M. , Grosse, G. , Fuchs, M. , Mollenhauer, G. , Ogneva, O. , Overduin, P. P. , Juhls, B. , Palmtag, J. , Polimene, L. , Strauss, J. , Mann, P. J. and Torres, R. (2020): Modelling the comparative influence of riverine input and coastal erosion on sediments in the Laptev Sea , Arktis im Wandel - Changing Arctic Ocean - Annual Science Meeting, Potsdam, Germany, 14 January 2020 - 16 January 2020 .


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