Nutrient and carbon dynamics in a large river-dominated coastal ecosystem: the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River system

Large rivers have major impacts on biogeochemical processes in adjacent coastal margins. These systems introduce large quantities of freshwater and terrestrially derived organic and inorganic constituents into coastal environments. Large river-influenced coastal systems are characteristically high in biological productivity and exhibit intense biogeochemical processing of materials (Dagg et al. 2004; Mckee et al. 2004). Large rivers are also sensitive to both natural and anthropogenic impacts on watersheds and thus are subject to changing climatic conditions (Raymond and Cole 2003; Justic et al. 2005; Bianchi and Allison 2009). […]

Lohrenz S. E., Cai W.-J., Chakraborty S., Gundersen K. & Murrell M. C., 2014. Nutrient and carbon dynamics in a large river-dominated coastal ecosystem: the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River system. In: Bianchi T. S., Allison M. A. & Cai W.-J. (Eds.), Biogeochemical dynamics at major river-coastal interfaces. Linkages with global change, pp. 448-472. New York: Cambridge University Press.  Book chapter (excerpts).


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