Deadline extended! – GEOTRACES Sessions at Goldschmidt 2022

Dear colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention that the deadline for abstract submission at Goldschmidt 2022 (July 10-15 Honolulu, Hawaii, and online) has been extended to March, 7th 2022 (23:59 HST). You can still submit an abstract to one of the GEOTRACES and GEOTRACES-related sessions below:

12a – The interplay between terrigenous fluxes and the biological pump as reflected by trace elements and their isotopes in the oceans


Adi Torfstein
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Zanna Chase
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

The importance of the oceanic biological pump as a modulator of atmospheric CO2 levels and global climate cannot be overstated, yet, some fundamental aspects of its dyanamics are still not well understood, such as the quantitative and qualitative impacts of terrigenous inputs into the oceans. These include dust, river outflow, glacial meltwater, submarine groundwater discharge (SGD), and other processes along the margins, all of which impose strong controls over the efficiency of the biological pump. Constraining their rates, sources, sinks and role in biogeochemical cycles is critical for achieving a full understanding of the dynamics of the biological pump.
Here we seek contributions that utilize trace elements and their isotopes to describe the following non-exclusive topics: 1) Quantification and characterization of terrigenous inputs (dust, rivers, SGDs, etc.) into the oceans and their impact on the marine environemnt, 2) Studies of temporal and spatial patterns of terrigenous fluxes and their interplay with marine productivity and export production, 3) Macro and micro scale interactions between terrigenous material and organic carbon, 4) New methodologies and approaches to studying the role of trace elements in the marine biological pump.

The submission of multidisciplinary studies is encouraged, including applications of organic geochemistry, radionuclides, experimental and analytical isotope geochemistry, modeling, and trace element phase partitioning. In addition, we welcome time series –based studies, both in the modern oceans as well as paleo records.

12b – Sources, Distribution and physico-chemical speciation of geochemical tracers in the Indian sector of the Southern Ocean


Catherine Jeandel
LEGOS (Université de Toulouse, CNRS/CNES/IRD/UPS)

Hélène Planquette
University Brest, CNRS, IRS

William M. Landing
Florida State University

The Southern Ocean is a key area in terms of climate, but also nutrient distribution. In this context, several recent cruises explored this remote ocean from the south of South Africa and the south of Australia, among them the South West Indian Geotraces Section (SWINGS). The latter is a multidisciplinary 4-year project dedicated to elucidate trace element sources, transformations and sinks along a section crossing key areas of the Southern Ocean (SO) and an important contribution to the international GEOTRACES program ( As core action of SWINGS, the SWINGS cruise (R/V Marion-Dufresne, MD229, Geotraces section GS02) started from La Reunion on January 11th 2021 and ended at La Reunion 57 days later (March 8th, 2021).
We invite contributions to this session on the first results of the cruise and other cruises conducted in the Southern Ocean which will contribute to 1) establish the relative importance of sedimentary, atmospheric and hydrothermal sources of trace elements and isotopes (TEIs) in the Indian sector of the SO 2) investigate the drivers of the internal trace element cycles: biogenic uptake, remineralization, particle fate, and export, and 3) quantify TEI transport by the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and the numerous fronts at the confluence between Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

12c – Mercury biogeochemistry, transport, and transformations in the marine environment – filling key knowledge gaps in the frame of the Minamata convention


Milena Horvat
Jožef Stefan Institute

Igor Živković
Institute Rudjer Bošković
Jožef Stefan Institute

Biogeochemical mercury (Hg) cycle is complex and strongly influenced by anthropogenic emissions and natural process of biomethylation that generates toxic monomethylmercury (MMHg). Understanding the mechanisms that drive Hg species dynamics in the coastal and open ocean is of major importance in order to predict how Hg emission and global change scenarios will affect MMHg formation and bioaccumulation in marine ecosystems.
Within this session, we welcome research that:

– fill key knowledge gaps in biogeochemical Hg cycling linking anthropogenic emissions and Hg in marine food webs including modeling of methylation, demethylation, reduction, partitioning and bio-accumulation of Hg in the marine environment,
– improve the understanding of Hg dynamics in coastal and open ocean marine environments,
assess the origins and transformations of all Hg species in the marine environment
origin and transformations of methylated Hg,
– characterize the production and the exchange fluxes of gaseous Hg species at the ocean-atmosphere interface,
investigate reactivity of (terrestrial) Hg and MMHg complexed to DOM along land-to-sea transects,
– address comparable and traceable measurement results of mercury speciation/fractionation in the marine environment
– novel sensors and passive samplers for mercury speciation in seawater
– remote sensing and mercury biogeochemical cycle in the marine environment
– multidimensional isotopic analysis, Hg methylation and MMHg degradation studies,
– oceanographic field campaigns in coastal, shelf, and open ocean environments
– climate induced changes in the marine food webs: observations and modelling
– effectiveness evaluation indicators for Minamata Convention

12d – The role of trace metal speciation (physical and chemical) at marine geochemical interfaces

Rebecca Zitoun
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Sylvia Sander
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Andrea Koschinsky
Jacobs University Bremen

Trace metals exhibit a wide range of chemical, physical, and biological reactivities (e.g. oxidation, precipitation, sorption, complexation, toxicity) depending on their chemical and physical speciation (e.g. ions, ion pairs, organic and inorganic complexes, colloids, suspended particles). Thus, the speciation of metals is of great importance not only to substantiate the geochemical fate of trace metals in the world’s ocean but also to estimate their availability and toxicity to marine biota. Geochemical interfaces are of particular interest because they exert a great control on trace metal cycling, fluxes, and rates and a full understanding of trace metal speciation along these boundaries is necessary for a more holistic understanding of the fate of trace metals in the marine environment. However, despite decades of marine trace metal research, we are still lacking knowledge of the speciation along geochemical interfaces (i) in space and time; (ii) the underlying driving processes; and (iii) their role for the global marine biogeochemical element cycles. Geochemical interfaces include sediment-water and atmosphere-water boundaries as well as regions with physicochemical gradients of density, redox conditions, temperature, pH, or salinity, such as hydrothermal systems, ground water discharges, deep sea environments, estuaries, and coastal embayments.
This session brings together transdisciplinary scientists, exploring trace metal speciation at various marine geochemical interfaces. We encourage contributions relating to novel analytical tools, modelling approaches, and laboratory-based experiments.

14b: “Transport of particle-reactive elements from estuaries to open ocean: role of boundary exchange and oceanic internal cycling”

Kai Deng
ETH Zürich

Jianghui (JD) Du
ETH Zürich

Jennifer L Middleton
Columbia University

Particle-reactive elements, such as rare earth elements (REEs), Th, Pa, Pb, Po, Be and their isotopes are powerful tracers for investigating the ocean biogeochemical cycles and can be applied to track e.g. continental weathering input, water mass transport and particle flux. For their robust applications across space and time, it is crucial to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the physical-chemical processes controlling the behaviors of individual particle-reactive elements; the emphasis is on exchange at ocean interfaces via e.g. rivers, atmospheric fallout and benthic dynamics and on internal cycling via e.g. scavenging and remineralization. Such knowledge based on the modern ocean can also help resolve the long-standing debate arising from conflicting records of multiple particle-reactive isotopic systems in the geological past.

This session invites observational, experimental and modelling contributions on the distribution, flux and controls of particle-reactive elements from estuaries to open ocean, with a particular interest in the interaction between seawater/porewater (including colloids) and lithogenic/biogenic particles. Multi-disciplinary and multi-proxy studies and contributions on advances in geochemical proxy development are especially welcome. This session focuses on processes and fluxes in the modern oceans, but submissions on paleo-oceanographic and paleo-environmental reconstructions are also welcome. Early career scientists are particularly encouraged to contribute to this session.


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