Biogeochemical fluxes in River-dominated Ocean Margins (RiOMars): the Rhone delta (NW Mediterranean Sea) – river inputs, plume processes, benthic recycling, budgets and models
Biogeochemical fluxes in River-dominated Ocean Margins (RiOMars): the Rhone delta (NW Mediterranean Sea) – river inputs, plume processes, benthic recycling, budgets and models
Editor(s): C. Rabouille, C. Estournel, O. Radakovitch, J.-J. Naudin, and L. Bopp
The coastal zone situated at the interface between ocean and continent is a vulnerable region which undergoes a growing anthropogenic pressure due to coastal population growth and changing climate.

In this special issue, we seek to understand and model the impact of the alterations linked to climate change and human activity on the carbon mass balance and the ecosystems in the Rhone River delta and its adjacent coastal Mediterranean Sea. More specifically, we intend to report fluxes of biogeochemical elements from the rivers, in the pelagic and benthic ecosystems collected during the programme CHACCRA and simulate their modification during climate and hydrological alterations. We present papers dealing with the continuous measurements of the river inputs during 2 years underpinning the importance of floods, process studies at sea and in the laboratory on the river plume and benthic biogeochemical fluxes, and a coupled physical-biological process model. Synthesis papers on the fate of Rhone River flood in the Mediterranean Sea and mass balance for carbon in the coastal zone influenced by the river are also presented.

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24 May 2012
The composition and flux of particulate and dissolved carbohydrates from the Rhone River into the Mediterranean Sea
C. Panagiotopoulos, R. Sempéré, J. Para, P. Raimbault, C. Rabouille, and B. Charrière
Biogeosciences, 9, 1827–1844,,, 2012
13 Apr 2012
Temporal variability of live (stained) benthic foraminiferal faunas in a river-dominated shelf – Faunal response to rapid changes of the river influence (Rhône prodelta, NW Mediterranean)
A. Goineau, C. Fontanier, F. Jorissen, R. Buscail, P. Kerhervé, C. Cathalot, A. M. Pruski, F. Lantoine, S. Bourgeois, E. Metzger, E. Legrand, and C. Rabouille
Biogeosciences, 9, 1367–1388,,, 2012
11 Nov 2011
Functioning of the planktonic ecosystem on the Gulf of Lions shelf (NW Mediterranean) during spring and its impact on the carbon deposition: a field data and 3-D modelling combined approach
P. A. Auger, F. Diaz, C. Ulses, C. Estournel, J. Neveux, F. Joux, M. Pujo-Pay, and J. J. Naudin
Biogeosciences, 8, 3231–3261,,, 2011
02 Nov 2011
Distribution and lability of land-derived organic matter in the surface sediments of the Rhône prodelta and the adjacent shelf (Mediterranean Sea, France): a multi proxy study
S. Bourgeois, A. M. Pruski, M.-Y. Sun, R. Buscail, F. Lantoine, P. Kerhervé, G. Vétion, B. Rivière, and F. Charles
Biogeosciences, 8, 3107–3125,,, 2011
27 May 2011
Modeling biogeochemical processes in sediments from the Rhône River prodelta area (NW Mediterranean Sea)
L. Pastor, C. Cathalot, B. Deflandre, E. Viollier, K. Soetaert, F. J. R. Meysman, C. Ulses, E. Metzger, and C. Rabouille
Biogeosciences, 8, 1351–1366,,, 2011
23 Dec 2010
Fluorescence and absorption properties of chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) in coastal surface waters of the northwestern Mediterranean Sea, influence of the Rhône River
J. Para, P. G. Coble, B. Charrière, M. Tedetti, C. Fontana, and R. Sempéré
Biogeosciences, 7, 4083–4103,,, 2010
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