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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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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