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Submarine groundwater discharge from tropical islands; a review

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doi: 10.1007/s00767-014-0275-3
Authors:Moosdorf, Nils; Stieglitz, Thomas; Waska, Hannelore; Dürr, Hans H.; Hartmann, Jens
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen, Germany
Other:
Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Germany
James Cook University, Australia
University of Oldenburg, Germany
University of Waterloo, Canada
Universität Hamburg, Germany
Volume Title:Grundwasser an der Küste
Volume Authors:Birner, Tania, editor; Houben, Georg
Source:Grundwasser an der Küste [Coastal ground water], edited by Tania Birner and Georg Houben. Grundwasser, 20(1), p.53-67. Publisher: Springer, Berlin-Heidelberg, Germany. ISSN: 1430-483X
Publication Date:2015
Note:In English. 164 refs.; illus., incl. 1 table, sketch maps
Summary:Submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) is a rarely recognized pathway for nutrients and other solutes from land to sea. The sensitive coastal ecosystems around tropical islands could be particularly affected by nutrient discharge associated with SGD in relation to surficial nutrient transport by rivers, but have received comparatively little attention to date. This study reviews the findings of local assessments of submarine groundwater discharge from tropical islands. In addition, the ratio of coast length and land area of individual land bodies is suggested as an appropriate first-order estimate of the relevance of SGD versus river discharge, demonstrating the potential relative importance of SGD from tropical islands over rivers. The review highlights the need for targeted research of submarine groundwater discharge from tropical islands and highlights its relevance for biogeochemical fluxes in these geographic settings.
Subjects:Biochemistry; Coastal environment; Correlation; Discharge; Ecosystems; Geochemistry; Global; Ground water; Islands; Nutrients; Shorelines; Springs; Submarine springs; Transport; Tropical environment
Coordinates:S500000 N500000 E1800000 W1800000
Record ID:759534-5
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Geoline, Bundesanstalt fur Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Hanover, Germany
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