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Influences of dissolved organic carbon on stream water chemistry in two forested catchments in central Sweden
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics. (Analytical Environmental and Soil chemistry)
Swedish geotechnical institute.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics. (Analytical Environmental and Soil chemistry)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3646-294X
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics. (Analytical Environmental and Soil chemistry)
2010 (English)In: Biogeochemistry, ISSN 0168-2563, E-ISSN 1573-515X, Vol. 101, no 1-3, 229-241 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Stream water chemistry in two headwater streams draining two small, adjacent catchments in Bispgården, central Sweden was studied during the 2003 and 2004 growing seasons. The two catchments closely resemble each other in regard to size, shape and drainage density, with the major difference found in the area of wetland lining the streambeds. The emphasis of the study was to investigate the stream water chemistry of these closely resembling catchments, regarding the quality and quantity of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and its influence on the concentrations of di- and trivalent cations. The streams showed significant differences in the content and size distribution of DOC and in the distribution of cations between the different size fractions. For both streams the high flow events induced by precipitation influenced the chemistry of the streams through increase of organic matter and its associated cations. Fanbergsbäcken, with relatively low pH and high DOC concentration, had a greater amount of high molecular mass (HMM) DOC to which approximately 75% of Al and Fe and about 50% of Ca and Mg were associated. Gråbergsbäcken, with a higher pH and lower DOC level, had approximately 65% of Al, 40% of Fe and 30% of Ca and Mg associated to its HMM DOC fraction. Sixteen different low molecular mass organic acids were found in the stream water, of which oxalic and lactic acid were present in the highest concentrations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer , 2010. Vol. 101, no 1-3, 229-241 p.
Keyword [en]
catchment, dissolved organic carbon, low molecular mass organic acids, metals, size fraction, stream water
National Category
Other Basic Medicine Analytical Chemistry Agricultural Sciences Soil Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-12457DOI: 10.1007/s10533-010-9469-7ISI: 000285096700018Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-78650004473OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-12457DiVA: diva2:375210
Conference
6th International Symposium on Ecosystem Behavior, Jun 29-Jul 03, 2009, Helsinki, Finland
Note
6th International Symposium on Ecosystem Behavior, Jun 29-Jul 03, 2009, Helsinki, FinlandAvailable from: 2010-12-07 Created: 2010-12-07 Last updated: 2011-07-20Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Soil and stream water chemistry in a boreal catchment - interactions, influences of dissolved organic matter and effects of wood ash application
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Soil and stream water chemistry in a boreal catchment - interactions, influences of dissolved organic matter and effects of wood ash application
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Two small bordering catchments in Bispgården, Central Sweden, wereinvestigated in regard to soil solution and stream water chemistry during the frostfree seasons of 2003-2007. Both catchments were drained by first order streams,Fanbergsbäcken and Gråbergsbäcken, and in Fanbergsbäckens catchment anextensive investigation of the soil and soil solution chemistry was conducted bylysimeter and centrifugation sampling. The area of intensive soil solutioninvestigation was situated in a slope towards a stream incorporating a rechargearea, with podzolic soil, and a discharge area close to the stream with an arenosolsoil. Samples were continuously taken in both the recharge- and the discharge areaof the slope, and stream water was sampled in the streams of both catchments. Themain variables of interest of the study were the interactions, the influence ofdissolved organic carbon and the effects of wood ash application to soil solutionand stream water.The natural variations and the interactions between soil solution and streamwater were monitored during 2003-2004. In soil solution, most of the investigatedsubstances tended to increase during the growing season, due to weathering andmicrobial degradation of biota. Ca, Mg, Al and Fe were highly associated todissolved organic carbon (DOC) throughout the catchment. The low molecularfraction of DOC seemed to have a higher impact on the soil processes in therecharge area, while high molecular DOC was more important for transport ofcations in the discharge area and the stream water.The concentration of different substances in the two streams differedsignificantly, even though the catchments were similar in size, shape andforestation. The seasonal patterns of most of the substances measured weresignificantly correlated between the streams, however. Cations and pH correlatedwell with DOC and flow. The flow pattern driven by precipitation seems to be thedriver of the stream water chemistry.Wood ash was applied at a dosage of 3 ton/ha to one of the catchments in theautumn of 2004, to investigate the initial effects on the soil solution- and streamwater chemistry. WAA is recommended by the Swedish Forest Agency tocounteract acidification in soil and runoff that may be caused by an intensivebiomass harvesting. The impact of the WAA was studied during 2005-2006.Compared to the control temporarily higher concentrations of K, Ca and SO4 wereobserved in the soil solution of the ashed area. In the stream water the effects of theWAA were easier to distinguish due to higher sampling frequency. The strongesteffect was seen for K, but increases in the stream water were also noted for DOC,Ca, Mg, Si, Cl and malonate. No increase in pH could be statistically verifiedhowever, and overall the initial effects of the WAA seem mild.

Abstract [sv]

Två angränsande avrinningsområden i Bispgården i centrala Sverigeundersöktes under den snöfria säsongen 2003-2006. Båda avrinningsområdenadränerades av första ordningens bäckar och i det ena, Fanbergsbäckensavrinningsområde, gjordes en omfattande undersökning av mark och markvattenkemin.Markvatten provtogs genom centrifugering och med lysimetrar.Provtagningen gjordes i inströmningsområdet där jordmånen var en typiskpodzol samt närmare bäcken, i utströmningsområdet, där jordmånen var enarenosol. Bäckvatten provtogs i båda avrinningsområdena. Interaktioner mellanmark, markvatten och bäckvatten undersöktes med särskilt fokus på inverkan avorganiskt kol samt påverkan av askåterföring.De naturliga variationerna i markkemin samt interaktionerna mellan mark- ochbäck vatten undersöktes 2003-2004. I markvatten ökade merparten av de studeradeämnena under provtagningssäsongen beroende av ökad vittring och recirkulationav biota och fallförna. Ca, Al och Fe var i stor utsträckning associerade till löstorganiskt kol (DOC). Den lågmolekylära fraktionen av DOC hade en störreinverkan på markprocesserna i inströmningsområdet, medan den högmolekyläradelen var viktigare för transport av katjoner i utströmningsområdet samt ibäckvattnet.Koncentrationsnivåerna av olika substanser i bäckarna uppvisade skillnadertrots avrinningsområdenas yttre likheter med avseende på storlek, form ochbeskogning. Trots de kvantitativa skillnaderna erhölls emellertid liknandesäsongsvariationer i koncentrationerna, vilket indikerade att kemin i huvudsakstyrdes av mängden DOC som i sin tur berodde av avrinningen som drevs avnederbörden. Höga halter av Ca, Mg, Al och Fe återfanns associerade tillhögmolekylärt DOC i bäckvattnet i en utsträckning som inte rapporterats tidigare.På hösten 2004 spreds 3 ton aska/ha till Fanbergsbäckens avrinningsområde föratt undersöka de initiala effekterna på mark- och bäckvatten kemin. Askåterföringbör ske minst en gång per omloppstid vid helträdsavverkning, i enlighet medSkogsstyrelsens rekommendationer, främst för att motverka försurning i mark ochavrinnande vatten som antas uppstå vid intensivt uttag av biomassa. De initialaeffekterna av askåterföringen på mark- och bäckvattnets kemi studerades under2005-2006 och Gråbergsbäcken kunde användas som obehandlad kontroll vidundersökning av vattenkemin i Fanbergsbäcken. I undersökningen av markvattenviåterfanns stora säsongsvariationer, vilket gjorde det svårt att urskilja eventuellaeffekter av askåterföringen. Tillfälligt högre värden av K, Ca och SO4 återfannsdock i det askade området i jämförelse med kontrollområdet. På grund av högreprovtagningsfrekvens i bäckvattnet var det lättare att påvisa förändringar ibäckvatten kemin. Framförallt märktes en signifikant ökning av K jämfört medkontrollbäcken. Sådana ökningar, om än inte lika markanta återfanns också förDOC, Ca, Mg, Si, Cl och malonat. En tendens till ökat pH kunde observeras, mendenna kunde inte verifieras statistiskt. De initiala effekterna av askåterföringen varsåledes till synes milda, och den eftertraktade pH-effekten erhölls ej i dennaundersökning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mittuniversitetet, 2010
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 99
Keyword
Boreal forest, catchment studies, dissolved organic carbon, soil solution
National Category
Other Basic Medicine
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-12998 (URN)978-91-86694-04-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-11-26, 13:00
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Available from: 2011-01-14 Created: 2011-01-14 Last updated: 2011-01-20Bibliographically approved

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