Dissolved organic carbon concentrations in marine pore waters determined by high-temperature oxidation Academic Article uri icon


  • The authors have developed sampling methods and an analytical system to determine the concentration of dissolved organic C (DOC) in marine pore waters. Our analytical approach is a modification of recently developed high-temperature, Pt-catalyzed oxidation methods; it uses chromatographic trapping of the DOC-derived CO sub(2), followed by reduction to CH sub(4) and flame ionization detection. Sampling experiments with nearshore sediments indicate that pore-water separation by whole-core squeezing causes artificially elevated DOC concentrations, while pore-water recovery by sectioning and centrifugation does not appear to introduce DOC artifacts. Results from a set of northwestern Atlantic continental slope cores suggest that net DOC production accounts for >50% of the organic C that is recycled at the sediment-water interface.

publication date

  • November 1993