Organic carbon flux at the mangrove soil-water column interface in the Florida Coastal Everglades
Romigh, Melissa Marie
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Coastal outwelling of organic carbon from mangrove wetlands contributes to near-shore productivity and influences biogeochemical cycling of elements. I used a flume to measure fluxes of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) between a mangrove forest and adjacent tidal creek along Shark River, Florida. Shark River??s hydrology is influenced by diurnal tides and seasonal rainfall and wind patterns. Samplings were made over multiple tidal cycles in 2003 to include dry, wet, and transitional seasons. Surface water [DOC], temperature, salinity, conductivity and pH were significantly different among all sampling periods. [DOC] was highest during the dry season (May), followed by the wet (October) and transitional (December) seasons. Net DOC export was measured in October and December, inferring the mangrove forest is a source of DOC to the adjacent tidal creek during these periods. This trend may be explained by high rates of rainfall, freshwater inflow and subsequent flushing of wetland soils during this period of the year.