Quantification of centimeter-scale spatial variation in PAH, glucose and benzoic acid mineralization and soil organic matter in road-side soil

Trine K. Hybholt, Jens Aamand, Anders R. Johnsen

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to determine centimeter-scale spatial variation in mineralization potential in diffusely polluted soil. To this end we employed a 96-well microplate method to measure the mineralization of 14C- labeled organic compounds in deep-well microplates and thereby compile mineralization curves for 348 soil samples of 0.2-cm 3. Centimeter-scale spatial variation in organic matter and the mineralization of glucose, benzoic acid, and PAHs (phenanthrene and pyrene) was determined for urban road-side soil sampled as arrays (7 × 11 cm) of 96 subsamples. The spatial variation in mineralization was visualized by means of 2-D contour maps and quantified by means of semivariograms. The geostatistical analysis showed that the easily degradable compounds (glucose and benzoic acid) exhibited little spatial variation in mineralization potential, whereas the mineralization was highly heterogeneous for the PAH compounds that require specialized degraders. The spatial heterogeneity should be taken into account when estimating natural attenuation rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1085-1091
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Volume159
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

Keywords

  • Geostatistics
  • PAH mineralization
  • Road-side soil
  • Soil organic matter
  • Spatial heterogeneity

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 2: Water Resources

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