MARINE ORGANIC CARBON AND RADIOCARBON—PRESENT AND FUTURE CHALLENGES


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We discuss present and developing techniques for studying radiocarbon in marine organic carbon (C). Bulk DOC (dissolved organic C) Δ14C measurements reveal information about the cycling time and sources of DOC in the ocean, yet they are time consuming and need to be streamlined. To further elucidate the cycling of DOC, various fractions have been separated from bulk DOC, through solid phase extraction of DOC, and ultrafiltration of high and low molecular weight DOC. Research using 14C of DOC and particulate organic C separated into organic fractions revealed that the acid insoluble fraction is similar in 14C signature to that of the lipid fraction. Plans for utilizing this methodology are described. Studies using compound specific radiocarbon analyses to study the origin of biomarkers in the marine environment are reviewed and plans for the future are outlined. Development of ramped pyrolysis oxidation methods are discussed and scientific questions addressed. A modified elemental analysis (EA) combustion reactor is described that allows high particulate organic C sample throughput by direct coupling with the MIniCArbonDAtingSystem.



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DOI 10.1017/RDC.2021.105

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Druffel, E. R. M. , Beaupré, S. R. , Grotheer, H. , Lewis, C. B. , McNichol, A. P. , Mollenhauer, G. and Walker, B. D. (2022): MARINE ORGANIC CARBON AND RADIOCARBON—PRESENT AND FUTURE CHALLENGES , Radiocarbon, pp. 1-17 . doi: 10.1017/RDC.2021.105


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