Articles | Volume 17, issue 16
Biogeosciences, 17, 4223–4245, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-4223-2020
Biogeosciences, 17, 4223–4245, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-4223-2020

Research article 26 Aug 2020

Research article | 26 Aug 2020

The impact of intertidal areas on the carbonate system of the southern North Sea

Fabian Schwichtenberg et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (25 May 2020) by Jack Middelburg
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (30 Jun 2020) by Jack Middelburg
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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (15 Jul 2020) by Jack Middelburg
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Ocean acidification has a range of potentially harmful consequences for marine organisms. It is related to total alkalinity (TA) mainly produced in oxygen-poor situations like sediments in tidal flats. TA reduces the sensitivity of a water body to acidification. The decomposition of organic material and subsequent TA release in the tidal areas of the North Sea (Wadden Sea) is responsible for reduced acidification in the southern North Sea. This is shown with the results of an ecosystem model.
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