Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
Biogeosciences, 15, 413–427, 2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 413–427, 2018

Reviews and syntheses 19 Jan 2018

Reviews and syntheses | 19 Jan 2018

Reviews and syntheses: to the bottom of carbon processing at the seafloor

Jack J. Middelburg


Interactive discussion

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Status: closed
AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (21 Nov 2017) by Tina Treude
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (23 Nov 2017)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (08 Dec 2017) by Tina Treude
Short summary
Organic carbon processing at the seafloor is studied by geologists to better understand the sedimentary record, by biogeochemists to quantify burial and respiration, by organic geochemists to elucidate compositional changes, and by ecologists to follow carbon transfers within food webs. These disciplinary approaches have their strengths and weaknesses. This award talk provides a synthesis, highlights the role of animals in sediment carbon processing and presents some new concepts.
Final-revised paper