Research Output

Changes in sediment processes across the western Irish Sea front.

  Sediment characteristics, sediment respiration (oxygen uptake and sulphate reduction) and sediment–water nutrient exchange, in conjunction with water column structure and phytoplankton biomass were measured at five stations across the western Irish Sea front in August 2000. The transition from thermally stratified (surface to bottom temperature difference of 2.3 °C) to isothermal water (14.3 °C) occurred over a distance of 13 km. The influence of the front on phytoplankton biomass was limited to a small region of elevated near surface chlorophyll (2.23 mg m−3; 50% > biomass in mixed waters). The front clearly marked the boundary between depositional sediments (silt/clays) with elevated sediment pigment levels (≈60 mg m−2) on the western side, to pigment impoverished (

  • Type:


  • Date:

    01 April 2003

  • Publication Status:


  • DOI:


  • ISSN:


  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    570 Life sciences; biology


Gowen, R. J., Stewart, B. M. & Trimmer, M. (2003). Changes in sediment processes across the western Irish Sea front. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science. 56, 1011-1019. doi:10.1016/S0272-7714(02)00312-8. ISSN 1096-0015


tidal mixing front; sediment characteristics; oxygen uptake; sulphate reduction

Monthly Views:

Available Documents

  • Files currently unavailable for download , please contact to request a copy

  • Downloadable citations