Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 05 Issue 02

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Volume 05, No. 2
Pages 107 - 116

Measurement of Dissolved Organic Carbon and Nitrogen in Natural Waters

Peter M. Williams
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The potential impact of elevated dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and nitrogen (DON) concentrations on the biogeochemical cycling of organic matter in the oceans is profound. Yet we are at an impasse in obtaining accurate measurements of DOC and DON. A Workshop in Seattle (15–19 July 1991) was conceived to bring order to the present uncertainties in these measurements and to make explicit recommendations for future analytical protocols and experimentation.


Williams, P.M. 1992. Measurement of dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen in natural waters. Oceanography 5(2):107–116, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.1992.17.