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Cardinal Damien

Research Interests and projects, mostly on geochemical proxies

  • Since 2000: silicon cycle
    • Use of silicon isotopes as tracer of biogeochemical processes in central Africa: Lake Tanganyika (CLIMLAKE), phytoliths and soils (Banana) and Congo River
    • Silicon isotopes as tracer of relative Si utilisation in the Southern Ocean (BELCANTO, EUR-OCEANS)
  • Since 1998: Barite in the Southern Ocean as a tracer of carbon remineralisation in the twilight zone (BELCANTO, EUR-OCEANS)
  • 1996-1997: Redox-sensitive elements in the Arabian Sea as tracers of the Oxygen Minimum Zone (National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India)
  • 1992-1996: Trace elements (Cd, Sr, U) in marine biogenic carbonates (corals and planktonic foraminifera) as paleoenvironmental proxies (U. Aix-Marseille III)


  • 1996. Ph. D. in Sciences (Environmental Geosciences and Geochemistry), CEREGE -U. Aix-Marseille III (Aix-en-Provence)
  • 1992. D.E.A. in Environmental Chemistry and Health, GEOTOP - UQAM (Montreal) & U. de Provence (Marseille)
  • 1991. M. Sc. in Environmental Sciences and Analytical Chemistry ( Provence, Marseille


List of publications

Peer-reviewed articles

Cardinal D., F. Dehairs, T. Cattaldo & L. André (2001) Geochemistry of suspended particles in the Subantarctic and Polar Front Zones south of Australia: Constraints on export and advection processes. Journal of Geophysical Research, 106: 31,637-31,656.

Cardinal D., L.Y. Alleman, J. De Jong, K. Ziegler & L. André (2003) Isotopic composition of silicon measured by multicollector plasma source mass spectrometry in dry plasma mode. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 18: 213-218.

Cardinal D., N. Savoye, T.W. Trull, L. André, E.E. Kopczynska & F. Dehairs (2005) Variations of carbon remineralisation in the Southern Ocean illustrated by the Baxs proxy. Deep-Sea Research Part I, 52: 355-370.

Cardinal D., L.Y. Alleman, F. Dehairs, N. Savoye, T.W. Trull & L. André (2005) Relevance of silicon isotopes to Si-nutrient utilization and Si source assessment in Antarctic waters. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 19: GB2007.

Jacquet S.H.M., F. Dehairs, D. Cardinal, J. Navez & B. Delille (2005) Barium distribution across the Southern Ocean frontal system in the Crozet-Kerguelen Basin. Marine Chemistry, 95: 149-162.

Savoye N., F. Dehairs, M. Elskens, D. Cardinal, E.E. Kopczyńska, T.W. Trull, S. Wright, W. Baeyens & F. B. Griffiths (2004) Regional variation of spring N-uptake and New Production in the Southern Ocean. Geophysical Research Letters, 31: L03301.

Savoye N., K.O. Buesseler, D. Cardinal & F. Dehairs (2004) 234Th deficit and excess in the Southern Ocean during spring 2001: particle export and mineralization. Geophysical Research Letters, 31: L12301.


Dehairs F. et al. (2003) An integrated approach to assess carbon dynamics in the Southern Ocean. In: S. Cashetto (Ed.), Scientific results of the Belgian Scientific Research Programme on the Antarctic - Phase 4 (1997-2001): Vol. I: Marine Biota and Global Change, 135pp.

Wollast R., J.-P. Vanderborght et al. (2005) The role of the ocean in global change. In : G. den Ouden and M. Vanderstraeten (Eds.), Belgian global change research 1990-2002: Assessment and integration report, 111-134.


Cardinal Damien
Leuvensesteenweg 13 - 3080 Tervuren
Phone: +32-2-769.54.39

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