Special Issue "Dissolved Organic Matter Dynamics in Groundwater, Rivers, and Lakes"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Aquatic Systems—Quality and Contamination".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Oliver J. Lechtenfeld
Guest Editor
Department of Analytical Chemistry—Research Group BioGeoOmics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research—UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
Interests: natural organic matter (NOM); biogeochemistry; ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry; chemoinformatics; environmental metabolomics; advanced water treatment processes; stable isotope labeling
Dr. Peter Herzsprung
Guest Editor
Department of Lake Research, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research—UFZ, Magdeburg, Germany
Interests: natural organic matter (NOM); high resolution mass spectrometry elemental formula data sets; formula assignment; water chemistry; biogeochemistry; excitation emission matrix fluorescence spectroscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural organic matter is an inherent constituent of the limnosphere. In its dissolved form, it connects large soil carbon stocks with the highly dynamic aqueous compartments of groundwater, streams, rivers, and lakes. In the aqueous phase, a plethora of microbial and chemical processes then alter the amount, composition, and reactivity of dissolved organic matter (DOM). This interplay between hydrology and biogeochemistry results in an incredibly complex mixture of organic molecules that has substantial implications for microbial utilization, freshwater ecology, and water use, e.g., during drinking water production.

Although many of these interactions have been extensively studied, we still lack a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms controlling the composition of DOM, its mobilization and export from terrestrial sources, and its biogeochemical reactivity.

This Special Issue seeks to address the dynamic nature of DOM, i.e., processes that lead to and change its molecular and structural compositions and determine its mobilization, turnover, and future significance for regional water quality and the global carbon cycle.

We invite interdisciplinary contributions from researchers studying the dynamics of dissolved organic carbon/matter in groundwater, streams, rivers, and lakes around the globe. Contributions may deal with but are not limited to mechanistic field or laboratory studies, novel methods for the molecular characterization of DOM, quantitative and qualitative assessments of DOM sources, or data-driven and predictive modeling of DOM concentration, export, and turnover in catchments.

Dr. Oliver J. Lechtenfeld
Dr. Peter Herzsprung
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • dissolved organic matter
  • molecular composition
  • structural elucidation
  • carbon cycle
  • mobilization and export
  • global change
  • water quality
  • biomarker
  • stable isotopes
  • high resolution mass spectrometry

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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