Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 183, Issue 1–4, pp 425–436 | Cite as

Multivariate analysis for spatial distribution of dissolved organic matters in a large river-type dam reservoir

  • Hang Vo-Minh Nguyen
  • Jae-Ki Shin
  • Jin Hur


In contrast to extensive studies of dissolved organic matters (DOM) in natural lakes, the distributions and the characteristics of DOM in artificial dam reservoirs have not been well documented despite a growing demand for the construction worldwide. For this study, spatial variations in the concentrations and the characteristics of DOM in Lake Paldang, a large river-type dam reservoir, were investigated using the concentrations, the specific UV absorbance (SUVA), the synchronous fluorescence spectra and the molecular weight (MWw) values. In addition, environmental factors determining the DOM spatial distribution were examined based on a principal component analysis (PCA). Variations in the DOM characteristics were greater than those for the concentrations (1.1–2.4 mg C/L). In contrast to typical lakes, vertical variations with a depth were much smaller than those observed among horizontal sampling sites within the reservoir. Irrespective of the depth, four individual sampling locations were easily distinguished by comparison of some selected DOM characteristics. The protein-like fluorescence (PLF), MWw and SUVA values observed at the location near the dam exceeded the corresponding values for the sampling locations near major influent rivers, suggesting that, even for the river-type dam reservoir, the downstream DOM characteristics may be governed by in-lake DOM production processes such as the release from sediments and algal activities. The results of principal component analysis (PCA) revealed that approximately 61% of the variance in DOM distribution might be explained by allochthonous/autochthonous carbon sources and predominant presence of either total nitrogen or total phosphorous over the other.


Dissolved organic matter (DOM) Fluorescence Reservoir Humification index Principal component analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environment and EnergySejong UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Korea Institute of Water and EnvironmentKorea Water Resources CorporationDaejeonSouth Korea

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