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Whole-system metabolism and CO2 fluxes in a Mediterranean Bay dominated by seagrass beds (Palma Bay, NW Mediterranean)

Author(s): F. Gazeau | C. M. Duarte | J.-P. Gattuso | C. Barrón | N. Navarro | S. Ruíz | Y. T. Prairie | M. Calleja | B. Delille | M. Frankignoulle | A. V. Borges

Journal: Biogeosciences Discussions
ISSN 1810-6277

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 755;
Date: 2004;
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The relationship between whole-system metabolism estimates based on planktonic and benthic incubations (bare sediments and seagrass, Posidonia oceanica meadows), and CO2 fluxes across the air-sea interface were examined in the Bay of Palma (Mallorca, Spain) during two cruises in March and June 2002. Moreover, planktonic and benthic incubations were performed at monthly intervals from March 2001 to October 2002 in a seagrass vegetated area of the bay. From the annual study, results showed a contrast between the planktonic compartment, which was heterotrophic during most of the year, except for occasional bloom episodes, and the benthic compartment, which was slightly autotrophic. Whereas the seagrass community was autotrophic, the excess organic carbon production therein could only balance the excess respiration of the planktonic compartment in shallow waters (
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