Articles | Volume 13, issue 17
Biogeosciences, 13, 4863–4876, 2016

Special issue: COSYNA: integrating observations and modeling to understand...

Biogeosciences, 13, 4863–4876, 2016

Research article 05 Sep 2016

Research article | 05 Sep 2016

Maximum sinking velocities of suspended particulate matter in a coastal transition zone

Joeran Maerz et al.


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (08 Jul 2016) by Kim Juniper
AR by Joeran Maerz on behalf of the Authors (22 Jul 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (27 Jul 2016) by Kim Juniper
Short summary
We investigated sinking velocity (ws) of suspended particulate matter (SPM) in the German Bight. By inferring ws indirectly from an extensive turbidity data set and hydrodynamic model results, we found enhanced ws in a coastal transition zone. Combined with known residual circulation patterns, this led to a new conceptual understanding of the retention of fine minerals and nutrients in shallow coastal areas. The retention is likely modulated by algal excretions enhancing flocculation of SPM.
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