Spatial variability of organic matter and phosphorus cycling in Rhône River prodelta sediments (NW Mediterranean Sea, France): a data-model approach

Date 2020-05-11
Temporal extent 2018-05-21 -2018-06-02
Author(s) Ait Ballagh Fatima EzzahraORCID1, 2, Rabouille ChristopheORCID2, Andrieux FrancoiseORCID3, Soetaert KarlineORCID4, Lansard BrunoORCID2, Bombled Bruno2, Monvoisin GaëlORCID5, Elkalay KhalidORCID1, Khalil Karima1, Brethous Laurie2, Villedieu Anouk2
Affiliation(s) 1 : Laboratory of Applied Sciences for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Essaouira School of Technology, Cadi Ayyad University, Km 9, Route d’Agadir, BP. 383, Essaouira Aljadida, Morocco.
2 : Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, Laboratoire Mixte CEA-CNRS-UVSQ, IPSL et Université Paris-Saclay, CEA-Orme des Merisiers, 91191, Gif sur Yvette, France.
3 : Ifremer – DYNECO PELAGOS, ZI Pointe du Diable, 29280 Plouzané, France.
4 : Department of Estuarine and Delta Systems, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) and Utrecht University, P.O. Box 140, 4400 AC Yerseke, The Netherlands.
5 : GEOPS, Université Paris-Saclay et CNRS, Campus d’Orsay, Orsay, France.
DOI 10.17882/73204
Publisher SEANOE
Keyword(s) Phosphorus, Rhône River prodelta, Sediment, Diagenetic modelling, Mineralization pathways, DIP recycling

The Mediterranean Sea (MS) is a large oligotrophic sea. Its productivity may be sensitive to riverine nutrient inputs. Understanding its productivity involves quantifying phosphorus (P) river supply which is crucial for calculating P mass balances in the anthropogenically disturbed sea. Yet the precise role of the deltaic filter is not known, especially concerning the  differential trapping/recycling of nutrients in deltaic sediments. A benthic dataset from the Rhône River prodelta was coupled to an early diagenetic model, including the benthic P cycle. The dataset comprised  porewater oxygen, nitrate, sulfate, dissolved inorganic carbon, ammonium, dissolved reduced and total iron, dissolved inorganic phosphorus (DIP) and solid data (organic carbon, Fe-bound P, Ca-bound P and organic P) for 9 stations from the Rhône River prodelta. The model results indicated that the intensity of biogeochemical processes occurring near the sediment–water interface decreased from the river mouth to the adjacent continental shelf. This decrease occurred according to OC fluxes to the seafloor, sedimentation rates and integrated rates of OC mineralization (from 160 mmol C m-2 d-1 near the mouth to 10 mmol m-2 d-1 on the shelf). The organic P mineralization was intense, especially near the river mouth (1196 µmol m-2 d-1), and its contribution to DIP release was large (> 90%). Fe-bound P had a key role in promoting Ca-bound P precipitation in anoxic sediments. These sediments played an important role as a source of regenerated DIP.A significant part of DIP was recycled to the overlying waters (72-94%), representing 25% of the riverine discharge input of DIP. While 6-28% of produced DIP was buried as Ca-bound P, which represented 3-6% of the riverine inputs.

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Acknowledgements We would like to thank the captain and the crew members of N.O. Tethys II (INSU/CNRS) for their assistance during sampling at sea. Florian Caradec and Emilie Rabiller are acknowledged for their help during P-speciation measurements at IFREMER’s laboratory. This work was supported by the INSU/EC2CO-MissRhoDia project, the French State program "Investissement d'avenir" run by the National Research Agency (AMORAD project ANR-11-RSNR-0002) and the CEDoc cooperation research project between Morocco and France.
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Pore water data - MissRhoDia 2 Cruise 2018 63 KB XLS, XLSX Processed data Open access
Oxygen profils - MissRhoDia 2 cruise 2018 325 KB XLS, XLSX Processed data Open access
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Ait Ballagh Fatima Ezzahra, Rabouille Christophe, Andrieux Francoise, Soetaert Karline, Lansard Bruno, Bombled Bruno, Monvoisin Gaël, Elkalay Khalid, Khalil Karima, Brethous Laurie, Villedieu Anouk (2020). Spatial variability of organic matter and phosphorus cycling in Rhône River prodelta sediments (NW Mediterranean Sea, France): a data-model approach. SEANOE.

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Ait Ballagh Fatima Ezzahra, Rabouille Christophe, Andrieux-Loyer Françoise, Soetaert Karline, Lansard Bruno, Bombled Bruno, Monvoisin Gael, Elkalay Khalid, Khalil Karima (2021). Spatial Variability of Organic Matter and Phosphorus Cycling in Rhône River Prodelta Sediments (NW Mediterranean Sea, France): a Model-Data Approach. Estuaries and Coasts, -.