2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
[ACG43-04] Carbon transport from a riverine mangrove forest on Panay Island in the Philippines
Keywords:DIC, Carbon transport, Mangrove forest, Philippines
Samples were collected and analyzed for total alkalinity (TA), dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), the carbon isotope composition of DIC (δ13CDIC), dissolved organic carbon (DOC), particulate organic carbon (POC), and the carbon isotope composition of POC (δ13CPOC) during a 24-hr sampling at an outlet of the forest and during low tide and high tide spatial samplings in the creeks including the freshwater endmember.
TA and DIC in the freshwater were as high as 5,000 µmol kg-1, suggesting weathering of limestone in the watershed. DIC in the creeks ranged from 2,000 to 5,000 µmol kg-1. Mangrove-derived DIC (ΔDICmangrove) was calculated based on conservative mixing model between the freshwater and seawater endmembers using DIC and δ13CDIC values. ΔDICmangrove in mesohaline (salinity 5-18) and polyhaline (salinity 18-30) waters ranged from 184 to 2050 µmol kg-1 and was especially high in polyhaline waters. Majority of mangrove-derive carbon (~95%) was in the form of DIC, followed by DOC and POC in this mangrove ecosystem during the survey period. TA was also generated within the mangrove forest, suggesting groundwater or interstitial water can be a significant source of the solutes. Better understanding of groundwater flux and source organic matter signatures will be needed to further refine carbon export processes from the mangrove forest to the adjacent ecosystems.