Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
Research article
25 Jan 2019
Research article |  | 25 Jan 2019

Sedimentary alkalinity generation and long-term alkalinity development in the Baltic Sea

Erik Gustafsson, Mathilde Hagens, Xiaole Sun, Daniel C. Reed, Christoph Humborg, Caroline P. Slomp, and Bo G. Gustafsson

Data sets

(Table B1) Geochemistry of Baltic Sea sediments Tom Jilbert, Caroline P. Slomp, Bo G. Gustafsson, and Wim Boer

(Table A1) Geochemistry of Baltic Sea porewater samples and bottom water oxygen concentrations Tom Jilbert, Caroline P. Slomp, Bo G. Gustafsson, and Wim Boer

Total organic carbon and selecetd elements of sediment core F80-A Conny Lenz, Tom Jilbert, Daniel J. Conley, and Caroline P. Slomp


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Short summary
This work highlights that iron (Fe) dynamics plays a key role in the release of alkalinity from sediments, as exemplified for the Baltic Sea. It furthermore demonstrates that burial of Fe sulfides should be included in alkalinity budgets of low-oxygen basins. The sedimentary alkalinity generation may undergo large changes depending on both organic matter loads and oxygen conditions. Enhanced release of alkalinity from the seafloor can increase the CO2 storage capacity of seawater.
Final-revised paper