Dissolved inorganic nitrogen in a tropical estuary in Malaysia : transport and transformation

Aazani, Mujahid and Mohd Fakharuddin, Muhamad and Müller, Moritz and Shan, Jiang and Jie, Jin and Ying, Wu and Kun, Zhu and Guosen, Zhang and Sien, Edwin Aun Sia and Holt, Faddrine Ajon Jang (2019) Dissolved inorganic nitrogen in a tropical estuary in Malaysia : transport and transformation. Biogeosciences, 16 (14). pp. 2821-2836. ISSN 1726-4189

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Dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN), including nitrate, nitrite and ammonium, frequently acts as the limitation for primary productivity. Our study focused on the transport and transformation of DIN in a tropical estuary, i.e., the Rajang River estuary, in Borneo, Malaysia. Three cruises were conducted in August 2016 and February–March and September 2017, covering both dry and wet seasons. Before entering the coastal delta, decomposition of the terrestrial organic matter and the subsequent soil leaching was assumed to be the main source of DIN in the river water. In the estuary, decomposition of dissolved organic nitrogen was an additional DIN source, which markedly increased DIN concentrations in August 2016 (dry season). In the wet season (February 2017), ammonium concentrations showed a relatively conservative distribution during the mixing, and the nitrate addition was weak. La Niña events induced high precipitations and discharge rates, decreased reaction intensities of ammonification and nitrification. Hence similar distribution patterns of DIN species in the estuary were found in September 2017 (end of the dry season). The magnitude of riverine DIN flux varied between 77.2 and 101.5 t N d−1 , which might be an important support for the coastal primary productivity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN), tropical estuary, transport and transformation, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2020 06:33
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2021 15:10
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/30879

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