UV-visible absorption spectroscopy coupled with principal component analysis (PCA) and hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA) was applied to characterize spectroscopic components, detect latent factors, and investigate spatial variations of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in a large-scale lake. Twelve surface water samples were collected from Dongjianghu Lake in China. DOM contained lignin and quinine moieties, carboxylic acid, microbial products, and aromatic and alkyl groups, which in the northern part of the lake was largely different from the southern part. Fifteen spectroscopic indices were deduced from the absorption spectra to indicate molecular weight or humification degree of DOM. The northern part of the lake presented the smaller molecular weight or the lower humification degree of DOM than the southern part. E2/4, E3/4, E2/3, and S2 were latent factors of characterizing the molecular weight of DOM, while E2/5, E3/5, E2/6, E4/5, E3/6, and A2/1 were latent factors of evaluating the humification degree of DOM. The UV-visible absorption spectroscopy combined with PCA and HCA may not only characterize DOM fractions of lakes, but may be transferred to other types of waterscape.
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 8, 2017
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