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[MIS26-22] Quantifying nitrate dynamics in the changing lake Inawashiro
Keywords:Inawashiro lake in Fukushima, nitrate stable isotopes, nitrogen cycling, triple oxygen isotopes, assimilation, nitrification
Water sampling was carried out in both June and September, 2014. Water samples were filtered through GF/F filters and stored in cold storage until analysis. The nitrate concentration were determined with Shimadzu Prominence HIC-SP. Each isotopic composition of nitrate was determined with CF-IRMS system using the Chemical Conversion method (Tsunogai et al., 2010).
While NO3- concentrations in the lake water column were almost constant at 14.0 μmol/L from surface to the bottom in June, those in 0-30 m decreased to 8.0 μmol/L in September. The δ15N values of nitrate increased for around +1 ‰, implying surface NO3- was consumed through primary production. The observed large seasonal variation range in NO3- at the surface (6 μmol/L) supported the past observation of the increasing trend. The total amount of nitrate in the lake water column also decreased from 79.9 to 72.7 Mmol during the period between the observations. On the other hand, the ∆17O values were almost costant around +3.5 ‰ inspective to the depths and seasonals. The mixing ratio of atmospheric NO3- were about 14 %, implying the average residence time of NO3- in lake was long and nitrogen nutrient is not a limiting nutrient for the primary production in the lake. The observed mixing ratio indicated that 6.2 Mmol of remineralized nitrare was fed into the water column though nitrification, while 14.8 Mmol of nitrate was simultaneousluy removed from the water column by assimilation, during the period between the observations. The assimilation amount between the observation interval (14.8 Mmol) correspond to only 30 % of the annual amount of assimilation (48.5 Mmol) caluculated assuming steady state in the lake. As a result, assimilation in the lake proceed at an almost constant rate throughout the year, otherwise the nitrogen cycling in the lake water column is not under the steady state condition.