Influence of photochemistry on the marine biogeochemical cycle of dimethylsulphide in the northern North sea

Angela Hatton

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Abstract

Shipboard experiments were conducted in the northern North Sea to assess the rate of removal of dimethylsulphide (DMS) and the rate of production of DMSO due to both UVB and UVA/visible light. Experiments were conducted using 0.2-mum filtered seawater and natural light conditions. The DMS photolysis rate constant was determined to be between 0.03 and 0.07 h(-1), and initial photolysis rates were between 1.3 and 2.5 nmol dm(-3) d(-1). Using these rates, the in situ profiles for downward irradiance, and the DMS concentration in the water column, a photochemical turnover rate constant of between 0.1 and 0.37 d(-1) was determined for the upper 20 m of the water column, with a photochemical turnover time of between 2.5 and 9.5 days. DMSO photoproduction rates were up to 1.20 nmol dm(-3) d(-1). Furthermore, results indicate that under UVA/visible light most of the DMS is photo-oxidised to form DMSO, whereas under UVB radiation DMS may be removed via a second photolysis pathway. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3039-3052
Number of pages14
JournalDEEP-SEA RES PT II
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • SULFOXIDE
  • SEAWATER
  • PACIFIC
  • WATER SAMPLES
  • AQUEOUS-SOLUTION
  • OCEANIC DIMETHYLSULFIDE
  • OXIDATION
  • SULFIDE
  • ATMOSPHERIC SULFUR
  • Oceanography
  • DIMETHYLSULFONIOPROPIONATE

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