Sources of hydroxyl radical in headwater streams from nitrogen-saturated forest

Masaaki Chiwa, Naoko Higashi, Kyoichi Otsuki, Hiroki Kodama, Tohru Miyajima, Kazuhiko Takeda, Hiroshi Sakugawa

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Hydroxyl radical (HO) photoformation rate (RHO) was determined in headwater stream samples from nitrogen (N)-saturated forests, (1) to quantify the sources of HO in headwater streams and (2) to evaluate the nitrate NO3--induced enhancement of HO formation in stream water caused by N saturation in forested watersheds. Stream water fulvic acid extracted from the forested watersheds was used to quantify the contribution of dissolved organic matter (DOM) to RHO. The results showed that almost all (97%; 81-109%) RHO sources in our headwater stream samples were quantitatively elucidated; the photolysis of NO3- (55%; 34-75%), nitrite [N(III)] (2%; 0.5-5.2%), and DOM-derived HO formation, from which photo-Fenton reactions (18%; 12-26%) and the direct photolysis of fluorescent dissolved organic matter (FDOM) (22%; 10-40%), was successfully separated. FDOM, which accounted for 53% (24-96%) of DOM in total organic carbon bases, was responsible for HO formation in our headwater streams. High NO3- leaching caused by N saturation in forested watersheds increased RHO in the headwaters, indicating that N-saturated forest could significantly change photoinduced and biogeochemical processes via enhanced HO formation in downstream water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1386-1390
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry


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