Articles | Volume 7, issue 3
Biogeosciences, 7, 1075–1097, 2010

Special issue: Iron biogeochemistry across marine systems at changing times

Biogeosciences, 7, 1075–1097, 2010

  19 Mar 2010

19 Mar 2010

Iron biogeochemistry across marine systems – progress from the past decade

E. Breitbarth1,2, E. P. Achterberg3, M. V. Ardelan4, A. R. Baker5, E. Bucciarelli6,7, F. Chever6,7, P. L. Croot8, S. Duggen9, M. Gledhill3, M. Hassellöv2, C. Hassler10, L. J. Hoffmann1,11, K. A. Hunter1, D. A. Hutchins12, J. Ingri13, T. Jickells5, M. C. Lohan14, M. C. Nielsdóttir3, G. Sarthou6,7, V. Schoemann15, J. M. Trapp16, D. R. Turner2, and Y. Ye17 E. Breitbarth et al.
  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 2Department of Chemistry, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 3National Oceanography Center Southampton, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  • 4Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry, Trondheim, Norway
  • 5School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • 6Université Européenne de Bretagne, France
  • 7Université de Brest, CNRS, IRD, UMR 6539 LEMAR, IUEM, Plouzané, France
  • 8IFM-GEOMAR, Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences, Division Marine Biogeochemistry, Kiel Germany
  • 9IFM-GEOMAR, Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences, Division Dynamics of the Ocean Floor, Kiel, Germany
  • 10Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR), Hobart, TAS, Australia
  • 11Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 12Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 13Luleå University of Technology, Division of Applied Geology, Luleå, Sweden
  • 14Marine Institute, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
  • 15Ecologie des Systèmes Aquatiques, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium
  • 16University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Department of Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry, Miami, USA
  • 17Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany

Abstract. Based on an international workshop (Gothenburg, 14–16 May 2008), this review article aims to combine interdisciplinary knowledge from coastal and open ocean research on iron biogeochemistry. The major scientific findings of the past decade are structured into sections on natural and artificial iron fertilization, iron inputs into coastal and estuarine systems, colloidal iron and organic matter, and biological processes. Potential effects of global climate change, particularly ocean acidification, on iron biogeochemistry are discussed. The findings are synthesized into recommendations for future research areas.

Final-revised paper