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[MIS13-08] Basin-scale transport of allochthonous humic-like fluorescent dissolved organic matter by the North Pacific Intermediate water
Keywords:North Pacific Intermediate Water, dissolved organic matter, allochthonous
While, it has also been observed that some plots of humic-like FDOM vs AOU in the specific water masses, namely, the North Pacific Intermediate Water (NPIW) and the North Atlantic Deep Water (NADW), seemed to deviate from the general relationship between humic-like FDOM and AOU. The previous studies showed that concentrations of lignin phenols, a unique biomarker of vascular plants, were found to be higher in the NPIW and the NADW compared with other water masses. Thus, the deviations of plots between humic-like FDOM and AOU in the NPIW and the NADW can be considered to be derived from terrestrial (allochthonous) humic-like FDOM.
In this study, we determined a basin-scale distribution of humic-like FDOM from the Sea of Okhotsk to the western subtropical North Pacific. We found the linear relationship between levels of humic-like FDOM and AOU in the deep layer (>1000 m) of the western North Pacific. While, we also found plots in the mesopelagic layer, corresponding to the NPIW, were significantly deviated from the relationship observed in the deep layer. Such distributional pattern implies that allochthonous humic-like FDOM derived from the Sea of Okhotsk is transported widely to the intermediate layer of the North Pacific by the NPIW.