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DOM, lakes, EEM, absorbance, DOC, CDOM


This dataset is in support of Juetten et al., which has been submitted to the Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences for consideration for publication. Chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) in lakes across elevation gradients is a complex function of topography, climate, vegetation coverage, land use, and lake properties. To examine sources and processing of CDOM from sea level to mountain lakes (3 to 1574 m), we measured CDOM optical properties, lake characteristics, and water quality parameters in 62 freshwater lakes in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Higher elevation lakes had lower dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and absorbance. These lakes had higher forest cover, minimal wetlands or crops, low nutrients, cooler water temperatures, and low chlorophyll a. Two humic-like and one protein-like fluorescent component were identified from excitation-emission matrix spectroscopy (EEMs). The index of recent autochthonous contribution (BIX), fluorescence index (FIX) and SR optical indices indicated that most lakes were dominated by terrestrially-derived material. The humification index (HIX) and specific ultra-violet absorbance (SUVA) were consistent with more aromatic humic CDOM at lower elevations. Fluorescence of humic-like components was lower at higher elevation, indicating reduced amounts of CDOM, attributed to lower inputs from vegetation. The relative contribution of the protein-like component increased at higher elevation, because allochthonous terrestrial inputs are reduced relative to in situ production of autochthonous material or higher photochemical and biological degradation of allochthonous material. Differences in optical characteristics associated with CDOM levels and some characteristics associated with CDOM source and quality were observed across the elevational gradient. These differences were driven by characteristics at both within-lake and watershed scales, suggesting a more complete understanding of CDOM patterns can be gained by examining factors at multiple spatial scales.

The dataset available below is supplementary information to the paper in a Word file format. This includes: a figure corresponding to the RDA Figure 6 in the manuscript giving the lake names; a table giving sampling dates, elevations, locations and watershed characteristics for the lakes; a table comparing water quality parameters for deep vs, surface water samples from Lake Padden in 2011; and a table giving the measured water quality parameters for the lakes from summer 2018.



K. Juetten, A. L. Strecker, A. Harrison, Z. Landram, W. J. De Bruyn, C. D. Clark.

“Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM) and Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) in Lakes Across an Elevational Gradient from the Mountains to the Sea.” Journal of Geophysical Research Earth and Space Science (2022). 10.1029/2022EA002503

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Water--Organic compound content--Northwest, Pacific; Data sets--Northwest, Pacific

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Northwest, Pacific






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