Rhizon sampling of pore waters near the sediment/water interface of aquatic systems

Seeberg-Elverfeldt, J, Schlüter, M, Feseker, T and Kölling, M (2005) Rhizon sampling of pore waters near the sediment/water interface of aquatic systems. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 3. 361-371. doi:10.4319/lom.2005.3.361 PANGAEA Supplementary Data


Rhizon samplers were originally designed as micro-tensiometers for soil science to sample seepage water in the unsaturated zone. This study shows applications of Rhizons for porewater sampling from sediments in aquatic systems and presents a newly developed Rhizon in situ sampler (RISS). With the inexpensive Rhizon sampling technique, porewater profiles can be sampled with minimum disturbance of both the sediment structure and possible flow fields. Field experiments, tracer studies, and numerical modeling were combined to assess the suitability of Rhizons for porewater sampling. It is shown that the low effort and simple application makes Rhizons a powerful tool for porewater sampling and an alternative to classical methods. Our investigations show that Rhizons are well suited for sampling porewater on board a ship, in a laboratory, and also for in situ sampling. The results revealed that horizontally aligned Rhizons can sample porewater with a vertical resolution of 1 cm. Combined with an in situ benthic chamber system, the RISS allows studies of benthic fluxes and porewater profiles at the same location on the seafloor with negligible effect on the incubated sediment water interface. Results derived by porewater sampling of sediment cores from the Southern Ocean (Atlantic sector) and by in situ sampling of tidal flat sediments of the Wadden Sea (Sahlenburg/Cuxhaven, Germany) are presented.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: PANGAEA reference ID: 26622 Serial: RCOM0314
Subjects: MARUM
MARUM > MARUM GB - Geosphere-Biosphere Interactions
MARUM > Marine Technologies, Support and Management
peer reviewed publications
Divisions: MARUM
Depositing User: Eprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2013 10:10
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 10:10
URI: http://publications.marum.de/id/eprint/623

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