Methane (CH4) gas is the most important GHG after carbon dioxide, with open ocean areas acting as discreet CH4 sources and coastal regions as intense but variable CH4 sources to the atmosphere. Here, we report CH4 concentrations and air-sea fluxes in the coastal area of the Balearic Islands Archipelago (Western Mediterranean Basin). CH4 levels and related biogeochemical variables were measured in three coastal sampling sites between 2018 and 2021, with two located close to the densely populated island of Mallorca and one in a pristine area in the Cabrera Archipelago National Park. CH4 concentrations in seawater during the study period ranged from 2.7 to 10.9 nM, without significant differences between the sampling sites. Averaged estimated CH4 fluxes during the sampling period for the three stations oscillated between 0.2 and 9.7 μmol m−2 d−1 according to a seasonal pattern and in general all sites behaved as weak CH4 sources throughout the sampling period.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Chemistry
- Environmental Engineering
- Waste Management and Disposal