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Indonesian throughflow nutrient fluxes and their potential impact on Indian Ocean productivity


Ayers, JM and Strutton, PG and Coles, VJ and Hood, RR and Matear, RJ, Indonesian throughflow nutrient fluxes and their potential impact on Indian Ocean productivity, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, (14) pp. 5060-5067. ISSN 0094-8276 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2014. American Geophysical Union

DOI: doi:10.1002/2014GL060593


The Indonesian throughflow (ITF) is a chokepoint in the upper ocean thermohaline circulation, carrying Pacific waters through the strongly mixed Indonesian Seas and into the Indian Ocean. Yet the influence of the ITF on biogeochemical fluxes into the Indian Ocean is largely unknown. This study determines the first depth- and time-resolved nitrate, phosphate, and silicate fluxes at the three main exit passages of the ITF: Lombok Strait, Ombai Strait, and Timor Passage. Nutrient flux as well as its variability with depth and time differs greatly between the passages. We estimate the effective flux of nutrients into the Indian Ocean by accounting for existing nutrients in the basin and find it largest in the upper 300400 m. This suggests that the majority of ITF nutrient supply to the Indian Ocean is to thermocline waters, where it is likely to support new production and significantly impact Indian Ocean biogeochemical cycling.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nutrient flux, Indonesian throughflow
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Biological oceanography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Ayers, JM (Dr Jennifer Ayers)
UTAS Author:Strutton, PG (Professor Peter Strutton)
ID Code:98174
Year Published:2014
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (CE1101028)
Web of Science® Times Cited:33
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-02-04
Last Modified:2017-11-01
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