Major Impact of Dust Deposition on the Productivity of the Arabian Sea

Cecile Guieu, Muchamad Al Azhar, Olivier Aumont, Natalie Mahowald, Marina Levy, Christian Ethé, Zouhair Lachkhar

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Abstract

In the Arabian Sea (AS), spatiotemporal nutrient limitation patterns of primary production and the possible role of nutrient inputs from the atmosphere are still not well understood. Using a biogeochemical model forced by modeled aerosol deposition, we show that without high atmospheric iron inputs through dust deposition during the summer monsoon, primary production over the AS would be reduced by half. Atmospheric iron deposition also supports most of the nitrogen fixation over the AS. However, our ocean biogeochemistry modeling results suggest that dinitrogen fixation constitutes a negligible fraction of the primary production. Finally, we show that atmospheric inputs of nitrogen, mostly from anthropogenic activities in India, have a negligible impact on primary production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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productivity
primary production
dust
nutrients
biogeochemistry
nitrogenation
iron
monsoons
nutrient limitation
nitrogen fixation
India
summer
fixation
aerosols
oceans
monsoon
human activity
aerosol
nitrogen

Keywords

  • Arabian Sea
  • atmospheric deposition
  • atmospheric iron
  • biogeochemistry model
  • dinitrogen fixation
  • marine biogeochemistry

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  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Major Impact of Dust Deposition on the Productivity of the Arabian Sea. / Guieu, Cecile; Al Azhar, Muchamad; Aumont, Olivier; Mahowald, Natalie; Levy, Marina; Ethé, Christian; Lachkhar, Zouhair.

In: Geophysical Research Letters, 01.01.2019.

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Guieu, Cecile ; Al Azhar, Muchamad ; Aumont, Olivier ; Mahowald, Natalie ; Levy, Marina ; Ethé, Christian ; Lachkhar, Zouhair. / Major Impact of Dust Deposition on the Productivity of the Arabian Sea. In: Geophysical Research Letters. 2019.
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