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Natural organic matter in aquatic systems: methods, fractions and interactions in natural and engineered systems
Convener: Magdalena Bieroza  | Co-Conveners: Andrea Butturini , Diane McKnight , Chris Evans 
 / Mon, 09 Apr, 08:30–12:00
 / Attendance Mon, 09 Apr, 17:30–19:00

Natural organic matter plays an important role in aquatic biogeochemical cycling and integrates information about catchment-scale drivers of water quality. Although a substantial progress has been made in aquatic organic matter characterisation, data acquisition, modelling and characterisation of environmental gradients, further studies are needed to improve process understanding of observed patterns. We need to understand better how organic matter links with other biogeochemical cycles (e.g. phosphorus, nitrogen, sulphur and iron) and processes in aquatic systems. In particular there is a growing need to monitor the advances in application of novel organic matter characterisation tools, understanding the origins, pathways, transformations and environmental fate of organic matter in aquatic environments and identification of robust numerical and statistical tools for data processing and modelling. In particular, we invite comprehensive aquatic organic matter characterisation studies providing independent lines of evidence from different analytical methods e.g. fluorescence and absorbance spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, chromatography (HPLC, HPSEC). The purpose of this session is to evaluate the current state-of-the-art of aquatic natural organic matter and water quality research, to bring together the research community and to provide a platform for knowledge and best practice exchange.

We would like to welcome oral and poster contributions in the following research areas:

● Sources and reactivity of aquatic organic matter in the environment including transformations along the freshwater to marine continuum,

● Catchment-scale and reach-scale organic matter processing and interactions with other biogeochemical cycles and processes e.g. denitrification in the hyporheic zone,

● Spectroscopic (fluorescence and absorbance) properties of organic matter from natural (streams, lakes, estuaries and marine ecosystems) and engineered systems (drinking water treatment, distribution system, wastewater treatment),

● Water quality and organic matter measurements with in situ UV-Vis and fluorescence sensors for understanding patterns and processes on a fine temporal scale,

● Smart indicators of water quality at a catchment scale (e.g. organic matter and faecal indicator organisms),

● Linking information on organic matter properties from different analytical approaches e.g. fluorescence and absorbance spectroscopy, size exclusion chromatography, resonance spectroscopy, capillary electrophoresis and advanced mass spectrometry,

● Advanced data processing and modelling tools including indices, methods for fluorescence and absorbance spectra deconvolution and component analysis including principal components analysis, parallel factor analysis and self-organizing maps.

Previously in this session:

EGU 2017:

EGU 2016:

EGU 2015:
Keynote lecture: Diane McKnight

EGU 2014:
Keynote lecture: Darren Reynolds