Impacts of Climate on the Flux of Dissolved Organic Carbon from Catchments

  • Eleanor Jennings
  • Marko Järvinen
  • Norman Allott
  • Lauri Arvola
  • Karen Moore
  • Pam Naden
  • Caitriona Nic Aonghusa
  • Tiina Nõges
  • Gesa A. Weyhenmeyer
Part of the Aquatic Ecology Series book series (AQEC, volume 4)


Recent increases in dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations in surface waters across both Europe and North America have focused attention on the factors controlling the export of DOC compounds from catchments. Waters containing high concentrations of DOC generally have a characteristic brown colour and are associated with the presence of highly organic soils. Catchments dominated by these soils typically export between 10 and 300 kg DOC ha−1 year−1 (Billett et al., 2004; Laudon et al., 2004; Jonsson et al., 2006). A portion of this DOC is mineralised in streams and lakes to CO2, while the remainder is transported to the sea (Jonsson et al., 2006). Organic matter accumulates in soils when decomposition rates are restricted either by low temperatures or water-logged conditions. In Europe organic soils are found mainly in colder, wetter



The authors wish to thank Dublin City Council (Ireland) for use of monitoring data from Poulaphuca Reservoir and Met Éireann (Ireland) for providing meteorological data; the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute for providing meteorological data and the Department of Environmental Assessment (Sweden), financed by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, for use of water monitoring data; Marine Institute staff for assistance with monitoring at Lough Feeagh (Burrishoole catchment), Ireland; G.A. Weyhenmeyer (research fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences) was part funded by a grant from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation research; T. Nõges (Estonia) was part funded by Target funding project SF0170011508 and Estonian Science Foundation grant 7600.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eleanor Jennings
    • 1
  • Marko Järvinen
    • 2
  • Norman Allott
    • 3
  • Lauri Arvola
    • 4
  • Karen Moore
    • 5
  • Pam Naden
    • 6
  • Caitriona Nic Aonghusa
    • 7
  • Tiina Nõges
    • 8
  • Gesa A. Weyhenmeyer
    • 9
  1. 1.Department of Applied SciencesDundalk Institute of TechnologyDundalkIreland
  2. 2.SYKE JyväskyläUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  3. 3.Centre for the EnvironmentTrinity CollegeDublin 2Ireland
  4. 4.University of Helsinki, Lammi Biological StationTrinity CollegeLammiFinland
  5. 5.New York City Department of Environmental ProtectionKingstonUSA
  6. 6.Centre for Ecology and HydrologyWallingfordUK
  7. 7.Marine InstituteGalwayIreland
  8. 8.Estonian University of Life SciencesTartuEstonia
  9. 9.Department of Ecology and Evolution/LimnologyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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