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Method for measuring denitrification in groundwater

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posted on 2024-06-21, 04:02 authored by Angela Guilemin
Groundwater contains dissolved nitrogen gas (from both the air and denitrification), and dissolved argon and neon gases (which come only from the air). By extracting these three gases and measuring their respective ratios, excess nitrogen gas (from denitrification) can be measured. Any 'excess' dissolved nitrogen gas (more than could originate from air) in groundwater can only be from denitrification. Excess nitrogen can be measured by comparing the amounts of dissolved nitrogen, neon and argon gases in groundwater. The rate of denitrification can be calculated by identifying the groundwater's age (using water age tracers). This new method for measuring excess nitrogen could make analysing groundwater's denitrification capacity more accessible for regional councils and farmers. It could be used to locate and characterise groundwater denitrification sites, so spatial variability of sites and rates can be mapped.

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Funded by the New Zealand Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment's Our Land and Water National Science Challenge (Toitū te Whenua, Toiora te Wai) as part of project Measuring Denitrification

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2020-09-07

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  • English

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