Estimation of nutrient contributions from the ocean across a river basin using stable isotope analysis

K. Nakayama, Y. Maruya, K. Matsumoto, M. Komata, K. Komai, T. Kuwae

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Total nitrogen (TN), which consists of total particulate nitrogen (TPN) and total dissolved nitrogen (TDN), is transported with not only in river channels but also across the entire river basin, including via ground water and migratory animals. In general, TPN export from an entire river basin to the ocean is larger than TDN in a mountainous region. Since marine derived nutrients (MDN) are hypothesized to be mainly transported as suspended matters from the ground surface, it is necessary to investigate the contribution of MDN to the forest floor (soils) in order to quantify the true role of MDN at the river ecosystem scale. This study investigated TN export from an entire river basin, and also we estimated the contribution of pink (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) and chum salmon (O. keta) to total oceanic nitrogen input across a river basin. The maximum potential contribution of TN entering the river basin by salmon was found to be 23.8 % relative to the total amount of TN exported from the river basin. The contribution of particulate nitrogen based on suspended sediment from the ocean to the river basin soils was 22.9 % with SD of 3.6 % by using stable isotope analysis (SIA) of nitrogen (δ15N).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18185-18211
Number of pages27
JournalBiogeosciences Discussions
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - Nov 11 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Earth-Surface Processes


Dive into the research topics of 'Estimation of nutrient contributions from the ocean across a river basin using stable isotope analysis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this