Title: Estimating spatial and seasonal phytoplankton δ13C variations in an estuarine mangrove ecosystem
Authors: Bouillon, Steven ×
Dehairs, Frank #
Issue Date: Jan-2000
Publisher: Gordon and Breach Publishers
Series Title: Isotopes in environmental and health studies vol:36 pages:273-284
Abstract: In estuarine ecosystems, large spatial and seasonal variations in delta C-13 values of primary producers can occur, and knowledge of these variations may be crucial when interpreting stable isotope data of higher trophic levels. Obtaining clean phytoplankton samples for isotope analysis is usually impossible in such systems, and analysis of total suspended matter is not a simple proxy for phytoplankton delta C-13 variations. Based on a few simple assumptions regarding the C and N content of the two end-members (terrestrial detritus and phytoplankton) and the delta C-13 of the terrestrial component, we here present a simple model to estimate the phytoplankton delta C-13 variations using an existing dataset on the delta C-13 and elemental (C:N) composition of suspended organic matter from an estuarine mangrove ecosystem in southeast India.
ISSN: 1025-6016
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division Soil and Water Management
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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