An affordable and reliable assessment of aquatic decomposition: Tailoring the Tea Bag Index to surface waters

Seelen L. M. S. , Flaim G., Keuskamp J., Teurlincx S., Font R. A. , Tolunay D., ...More

WATER RESEARCH, vol.151, pp.31-43, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 151
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.watres.2018.11.081
  • Title of Journal : WATER RESEARCH
  • Page Numbers: pp.31-43
  • Keywords: Carbon cycle, Citizen science, Decomposition constant, European lakes, Lake management, Standardized ecological assay, ORGANIC-MATTER DECOMPOSITION, LEAF-LITTER DECOMPOSITION, GLOBAL CARBON-CYCLE, CITIZEN SCIENCE, DISSOLVED NUTRIENTS, MASS-LOSS, TEMPERATURE, CLIMATE, LAKES, BREAKDOWN


Litter decomposition is a vital part of the global carbon cycle as it determines not only the amount of carbon to be sequestered, but also how fast carbon re-enters the cycle. Freshwater systems play an active role in the carbon cycle as it receives, and decomposes, terrestrial litter material alongside decomposing aquatic plant litter. Decomposition of organic matter in the aquatic environment is directly controlled by water temperature and nutrient availability, which are continuously affected by global change.