Accession Number:

ADA303611

Title:

Investigation of Oceanic Organic Chemistry Using State-of-the-Art Laser Based Analytical Techniques.

Descriptive Note:

Final technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY LA JOLLA CA MARINE RESEARCH DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

The fluorescence of global seawater has been investigated using a sensitive laser-induced fluorometry system. In surface seawater, fluorescence is low due to photochemical bleaching. Fluorescence intensity increases with increasing depth in the oceans to about 500 to 1000 m below this depth, seawater fluorescence is generally constant. Sediment porewaters are much more fluorescent than the overlaying seawater. Both porewater fluorescence, and the dissolved organic carbon DOC concentration, increase with depth in the sediment. Fluorescence of porewaters can thus be used to provide an estimate of the DOC content. Because of the higher fluorescence in porewaters in comparison of seawater, fluorescence provides a means of estimating the amount of DOC diffusing out of sediments into seawater. The fluorescence measurements indicate that this source of DOC is only a minor contributor to the oceanic DOC budget. AN

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Radiation and Nuclear Chemistry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE