We will begin with an overview of the general physicochemical features of the land-ocean interface (e.g., river deltas, estuaries, coastal wetlands, tidewater glaciers) around the world, with particular emphasis on the impact of global change on these highly dynamic and productive systems. We will then proceed with key biogeochemical pathways of these systems, as related to natural and anthropogenic changes. Finally, we will explore the fate and distribution organic carbon using state-of-the-art analytical techniques to measure proxies (e.g., chemical biomarkers, stable isotopes, radiocarbon) that can “track” the burial and oxidation of organic carbon in the coastal zone.
Dr. Thomas Bianchi
University of Florida, United States
1) acquire an understanding of the basics of biogeochemical reactions that control sequestration and burial of organic carbon at the land-ocean interface.
2) an ability to characterize and potentially utilize chemical proxies to better understand the capture, reactivity, and diagenesis of organic carbon in the coastal zone.
3) the understand impacts of climate/global change on these important aquatic critical zones and how that relates to global carbon budgets.