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Relationships Between Eutrophication and Acidification in the Indian River Lagoon

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2018
Abstract/Description:
In the eutrophic waters of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), decreases in overall shellfish size have been reported, which may be related to coastal acidification. To understand the relationship between acidification and eutrophication, water samples from 20 sites spanning the IRL were collected and analyzed for dissolved nutrients and omega values in spring (dry season) and fall (wet season), 2016-2017. Additionally, three sites were sampled weekly to observe temporal variability of nutrients and omega values. For the IRL-Wide sampling, sites with higher dissolved nutrient concentrations showed lower omega values with significant negative relationships. Both sampling programs showed an overall positive linear relationship between salinity and omega values. This work suggests that salinity and dissolved nutrients have implications for acidification in the IRL and must be considered for future water quality, shellfish and coral reef restoration.
Title: Relationships Between Eutrophication and Acidification in the Indian River Lagoon.
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Name(s): Kaiser, Bret R., author
Lapointe, Brian E., Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Center for Environmental Studies
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2018
Date Issued: 2018
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 71 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In the eutrophic waters of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), decreases in overall shellfish size have been reported, which may be related to coastal acidification. To understand the relationship between acidification and eutrophication, water samples from 20 sites spanning the IRL were collected and analyzed for dissolved nutrients and omega values in spring (dry season) and fall (wet season), 2016-2017. Additionally, three sites were sampled weekly to observe temporal variability of nutrients and omega values. For the IRL-Wide sampling, sites with higher dissolved nutrient concentrations showed lower omega values with significant negative relationships. Both sampling programs showed an overall positive linear relationship between salinity and omega values. This work suggests that salinity and dissolved nutrients have implications for acidification in the IRL and must be considered for future water quality, shellfish and coral reef restoration.
Identifier: FA00013039 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.F.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2018.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Indian River (Fla. : Lagoon)
Eutrophication
Acidification
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