Journal of Geographical Sciences

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 473–479 | Cite as

Fluorescence characteristics of water soluble organic carbon in eastern China

Water Resources & Environment


Fluorescence excitation and average molecular weight of 46 water soluble organic matter (WSOC) samples extracted from 20 soil types in eastern China were determined. It was found all samples shared similar spectroscopy. A good linear relationship existed between total organic carbon and excitation in the range of 350 to 450 nm though the content of organic carbon and pH of the samples vary in a wide range. No significant correlation between relative excitation intensity and average molecular weight of WSOC and FA was found, but the partial correlation became significant with pH as the controlling factor for WSOC samples. The relative excitation intensity showed a general trend of increasing from south to north in the study area. The pH value might play an important role in regulating the fluorescent spatial variation of WSOC.

Key words

eastern China soil water soluble organic carbon molecular weight spatial variation CLC number S153 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Urban and Environmental Sciences, LESP-MOEPeking UniversityBeijingChina

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