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Chlot, S., Widerlund, A. & Öhlander, B. (2015). Nitrogen uptake and cycling in Phragmites australis in a lake-receiving nutrient-rich mine water: a 15 N tracer study (ed.). Paper presented at . Environmental Earth Sciences, 74(7), 6027-6038
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nitrogen uptake and cycling in Phragmites australis in a lake-receiving nutrient-rich mine water: a 15 N tracer study
2015 (English)In: Environmental Earth Sciences, ISSN 1866-6280, E-ISSN 1866-6299, Vol. 74, no 7, p. 6027-6038Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Uptake and cycling of nitrogen (N) in the littoral zone of a lake-receiving nutrient-rich mine water located in Boliden, northern Sweden, was investigated. Stable isotope tracer solutions of 15N as NH4 + (NAM mesocosm) or NO3 − (NOX mesocosm) were added to mesocosms enclosing plants of common reed (Phragmites australis). The 15N abundance in various plant parts was measured at pre-defined time intervals over an experimental period of 22 days. During the course of the experiment, plant parts from the NAM mesocosms were significantly more enriched in 15N than plant parts from the NOX mesocosms. On day 13, Δδ15N values of the fine roots from the NAM mesocosms had reached +8220 ‰, while the maximum Δδ15N value in NOX roots was considerably lower at +4430 ‰. Using 15N values in macrophyte tissues present at the end of the experiment enabled calculations of uptake rates and % of tracer N recovered in the plant (%tracerNrecov). Maximum tracer uptake rates were higher for the NAM mesocosms (1.4 µg g−1 min−1 or 48 mg N m−2 d−1) compared to the NOX mesocosms (0.23 µg g−1 min−1 or 8.5 mg N m−2 d−1). Calculations of %tracerNrecov indicated that 1–8 and 25–44 % of added N was assimilated by plants in the NOX and NAM mesocosms, respectively. Hence, P. australis was more effective in assimilating NH4 +, and a larger portion of the tracer N accumulated in the roots compared to the other plant parts. Consequently, macrophyte N removal is most effective for cold-climate aquatic systems receiving mine water dominated by NH4 +. For permanent removal of N, the whole plant (including the roots) should be harvested.

National Category
Geochemistry
Research subject
Applied Geology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-10862 (URN)10.1007/s12665-015-4626-x (DOI)000362016100046 ()2-s2.0-84941181251 (Scopus ID)9bc7a66e-8365-4d40-9919-24931086f974 (Local ID)9bc7a66e-8365-4d40-9919-24931086f974 (Archive number)9bc7a66e-8365-4d40-9919-24931086f974 (OAI)
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Validerad; 2015; Nivå 2; 20150625 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved
Widerlund, A., Chlot, S. & Öhlander, B. (2014). Sedimentary records of δ13C, δ15N and organic matter accumulation in lakes receiving nutrient-rich mine waters (ed.). Paper presented at . Science of the Total Environment, 485-486, 205-215
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sedimentary records of δ13C, δ15N and organic matter accumulation in lakes receiving nutrient-rich mine waters
2014 (English)In: Science of the Total Environment, ISSN 0048-9697, E-ISSN 1879-1026, Vol. 485-486, p. 205-215Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Organic C and total N concentrations, C/N ratios, δ15N and δ13C values in 210Pb-dated sediment cores were used to reconstruct historical changes in organic matter (OM) accumulation in three Swedish lakes receiving nutrient-rich mine waters. Ammonium-nitrate-based explosives and sodium cyanide (NaCN) used in gold extraction were the major N sources, while lesser amounts of P originated from apatite and flotation chemicals. The software IsoSource was used to model the relative contribution of soil, terrestrial and littoral vegetation, and phytoplankton detritus in the lake sediments. In one lake the IsoSource modelling failed, suggesting the presence of additional, unknown OM sources. In two of the lakes sedimentary detritus of littoral vegetation and phytoplankton had increased by 15–20% and 20–35%, respectively, since ~ 1950, when N- and P-rich mine waters began to reach the lakes. Today, phytoplankton is the dominating OM component in these lake sediments, which appears to be a eutrophication effect related to mining operations. Changes in the N isotopic composition of biota, lake water, and sediments related to the use of ammonium-nitrate-based explosives and NaCN were evident in the two studied systems. However, N isotope signals in the receiving waters (δ15N ~ + 9‰ to + 19‰) were clearly shifted from the primary signal in explosives (δ15N–NO3 = + 3.4 ± 0.3‰; δ15N–NH4 = − 8.0 ± 0.3‰) and NaCN (δ15N = + 1.1 ± 0.5‰), and direct tracing of the primary N isotope signals in mining chemicals was not possible in the receiving waters. Systems where mine waters with a well known discharge history are a major point source of N with well-defined isotopic composition should, however, be suitable for further studies of processes controlling N isotope signatures and their transformation in aquatic systems receiving mine waters.

National Category
Geochemistry
Research subject
Applied Geology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-13199 (URN)10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.03.068 (DOI)000337259000020 ()24727038 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-84897943314 (Scopus ID)c640ede4-da50-49a4-b1eb-5b785f4583db (Local ID)c640ede4-da50-49a4-b1eb-5b785f4583db (Archive number)c640ede4-da50-49a4-b1eb-5b785f4583db (OAI)
Note
Validerad; 2014; 20140414 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved
Chlot, S., Widerlund, A., Husson, E., Öhlander, B. & Ecke, F. (2013). Effects on nutrient regime in two recipients of nitrogen-rich mine effluents in northern Sweden (ed.). Paper presented at . Applied Geochemistry, 31, 12-24
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Effects on nutrient regime in two recipients of nitrogen-rich mine effluents in northern Sweden
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2013 (English)In: Applied Geochemistry, ISSN 0883-2927, E-ISSN 1872-9134, Vol. 31, p. 12-24Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The question of the limiting nutrient(s) for production of phytoplankton and macrophytes was explored in two contrasting freshwater systems receiving N- and P-rich mine effluents from the Boliden and Kiruna mine sites, northern Sweden. For both sites, total N (TN), total P (TP) and TN:TP mass ratios in water, sediment and macrophytes were used to examine (1) spatial variations within the systems, (2) differences between the systems and (3) seasonal variations. The TN concentration from the discharge point at the Kiruna site was about seven times higher than at the Boliden discharge point, while the TP concentration was 10 times lower than in the discharge point at the Boliden site. The majority of the studied lakes showed elevated biomass of phytoplankton, with maximum values found in Lake Bruträsket (Boliden). Mining activities have affected the nutrient regime of the two recipients by contributing to elevated TN and TP concentrations and TN:TP mass ratios as well as elevated production of phytoplankton and macrophytes compared to the reference sites. Depending on the NH4 concentration in the effluent at the Boliden site, water column TN:TP mass ratios shifted from being >22, indicating P-deficiency, to between 9 and 22, indicating a transition from N- to P-deficiency (co-limitation). However, water column TN:TP mass ratios at the Kiruna site always indicated P-deficiency, while TN:TP mass ratios of macrophytes indicate that both sites may vary from N- to P-limitation. The study suggests that for the design of efficient monitoring programmes and remediation measures, it is important to consider the major N and P species in water, phytoplankton, sediment and macrophytes.

Keywords
Earth sciences - Exogenous eart sciences, Geovetenskap - Exogen geovetenskap
National Category
Geochemistry
Research subject
Applied Geology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-11985 (URN)10.1016/j.apgeochem.2012.11.016 (DOI)000316659500002 ()2-s2.0-84875122474 (Scopus ID)b09acde8-2d15-4ed4-9b21-a5b0999766a0 (Local ID)b09acde8-2d15-4ed4-9b21-a5b0999766a0 (Archive number)b09acde8-2d15-4ed4-9b21-a5b0999766a0 (OAI)
Note
Validerad; 2013; 20121213 (sarfra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved
Chlot, S., Widerlund, A. & Öhlander, B. (2013). Interaction between nitrogen and phosphorus cycles in mining-affected aquatic systems-experiences from field and laboratory measurements (ed.). Paper presented at . Environmental science and pollution research international, 20(8), 5722-5736
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Interaction between nitrogen and phosphorus cycles in mining-affected aquatic systems-experiences from field and laboratory measurements
2013 (English)In: Environmental science and pollution research international, ISSN 0944-1344, E-ISSN 1614-7499, Vol. 20, no 8, p. 5722-5736Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The main objectives of this study were to (a) study the interaction between N and P cycles in mining-affected aquatic systems and (b) to quantify release rates of sedimentary soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP) that may be related to this interaction. Sediment cores and water from Lake Bruträsket (Boliden, northern Sweden) were collected and a time series of water sampling and flow measurements was conducted in the Brubäcken stream connected to the lake. Factors affecting SRP release were studied in a sediment incubation experiment and water column experiments. Field and laboratory measurements indicated that pH and dissolved oxygen are two important factors for SRP release. At the end of the low-oxygen incubation, an SRP concentration of 56 μg L-1 resulted in a sedimentary flux of 1.1 mg SRP m-2 day-1. This is ∼10 times higher than the flux of 0.12 mg SRP m-2 day-1 obtained from depth integration of vertical SRP profiles measured in the lake, and ∼100 times higher than the external flux of 0.014 mg SRP m-2 d-1 into the lake (based on catchment area). Field measurements indicated that oxidation of organic matter and mining-related chemicals (ammonium and thiosulphates) may result in increased internal SRP flux from the sediment. Increased P loading in the lake as a result of low-oxygen conditions could change water column total nitrogen/total phosphorus ratios from 27 to 17, consequently changing the lake from being P-limited to be co-limited by N and P. The obtained findings point to possible interaction between the cycles of nitrogen (oxygen consumption) and P (flux from sediment) that may be important for nutrient regulation in mine water recipients.

National Category
Geochemistry
Research subject
Applied Geology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-3083 (URN)10.1007/s11356-013-1585-1 (DOI)000321908600060 ()23463280 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-84880574282 (Scopus ID)0dae180c-81a7-42d9-9d43-2a5c2d96eda7 (Local ID)0dae180c-81a7-42d9-9d43-2a5c2d96eda7 (Archive number)0dae180c-81a7-42d9-9d43-2a5c2d96eda7 (OAI)
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Validerad; 2013; 20130311 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved
Chlot, S. (2013). Nitrogen and phosphorus interactions and transformations in cold-climate mine water recipients (ed.). (Doctoral dissertation). Paper presented at . : Luleå tekniska universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nitrogen and phosphorus interactions and transformations in cold-climate mine water recipients
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Process water discharged from mine sites may contain elevated concentrations of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), which both are nutrients for phytoplankton and macrophytes. Thus, discharge of nutrient rich mine water can result in algal blooms, eutrophication, oxygen deficiency and changed species composition in the recipients. This thesis is focused on the speciation and transformation processes of N and P in streams and lakes receiving mine effluents from the Kiruna and Boliden mine sites. The thesis also aimed at evaluating N removal capacity of these aquatic systems. Research methods in the thesis included collection of field data, laboratory and field experiments and computer simulations. The question of limiting nutrient for production of phytoplankton and macrophytes in these mine water recipients was investigated. For this reason, total nitrogen (TN), total phosphorus (TP) and TN:TP ratios in water, sediment and macrophytes were analysed and evaluated. Depending on the ammonium concentration in the effluent at the Boliden site, TN:TP-ratios of the water column shifted from being >22, indicating P-deficiency for phytoplankton, to between 9-22, indicating a transition from N to P deficiency (co-limitation). However, water column TN:TP ratios at the Kiruna site always indicated P deficiency. On the other hand, the TN:TP ratios of macrophytes revealed that both sites may vary from N to P limitation. These aspects have implications for assessing the environmental influence of nutrient-rich mine effluents. A downstream decrease in inorganic N (NH4+ and NO3-) as well as lower concentrations during summer was observed in the receiving streams and lakes. To identify and quantify the major N transformation and removal processes responsible for these changes, a dynamic biogeochemical model was developed, calibrated and validated using hydrological and water chemistry data for the clarification pond Nya Sjön (Boliden). The model calculates concentrations of six N species and simulates the rate of 16 N transformation processes occurring in the water column and sediment as well as water-sediment and water-atmosphere interactions. The calibrated model rendered coefficients of determination (R2) of 0.93, 0.79 and 0.86 for the inorganic nitrogen species ammonium, nitrate and organic nitrogen, respectively. When applying the model in the downstream Lake Bruträsket, the corresponding R2 values were 0.86, 0.76 and 0.54. Model simulations in the two systems suggested that nitrification controlled the reaction rate of the coupled nitrification-denitrification process and that approximately 60 – 65% of permanent removal occurred though denitrification, followed by burial in the sediment (~30-35 %) (May - October). A stable nitrogen isotope (15N) was employed to trace N cycling in the various plant parts of common reed (P. australis) growing in the littoral zone of Lake Bruträsket. Isotope enrichment data indicated a significantly more effective assimilation of N in the roots. Maximum tracer uptake rates of 0.25 µg g-1 min-1 (NO3-) and 1.4 µg g-1 min-1 (NH4+) are similar to model simulated rates of macrophyte N uptake. Simulation results and results from the tracer study indicated that direct N removal through N uptake in macrophytes and phytoplankton may be of minor importance relative to nitrification and denitrification. A sediment incubation experiment using lake water and sediment from Lake Bruträsket (Boliden) resulted in a sedimentary flux of soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP) of 1.1 mg SRP m-2 d-1. Field measurements suggested that oxidation of organic matter and inorganic mining related chemicals (e.g. NH4+ and thiosalts) may result in increased internal SRP flux. These findings point to a possible interaction between the cycles of N (oxygen consumption) and P (flux from sediment) that may be important for nutrient regulation in mine water recipients. Sediment proxy data (δ13C, δ15N, C/N ratios) was used to reconstruct historical changes in organic matter (OM) accumulation in lakes receiving nutrient-rich mine waters in the Boliden and Kiruna mine sites. Sediment accumulation rates increased upwards in all cores, which correlates with an increase in suspended load in the mining effluents discharging to the systems. Similarδ15N values in dissolved inorganic N (DIN) and surface sediments most likely reflect biological assimilation of DIN and subsequent settling of phytoplankton and macrophyte organic detritus. The improved knowledge on N and P dynamics in mine water recipients can be used in selection of mine water management strategies that may lead to reduced N discharge.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå tekniska universitet, 2013
Series
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
National Category
Geochemistry
Research subject
Applied Geology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-18567 (URN)932c556d-5f0a-4abf-90b9-bb772ed8de5e (Local ID)978-91-7439-750-5 (ISBN)978-91-7439-751-2 (ISBN)932c556d-5f0a-4abf-90b9-bb772ed8de5e (Archive number)932c556d-5f0a-4abf-90b9-bb772ed8de5e (OAI)
Note
Godkänd; 2013; 20130920 (sarfra); Tillkännagivande disputation 2013-10-23 Nedanstående person kommer att disputera för avläggande av teknologie doktorsexamen. Namn: Sara Chlot Ämne: Tillämpad geologi/Applied Geology Avhandling: Nitrogen and Phosphorus Interactions and Transformations in Cold-Climate Mine Water Recipients Opponent: Professor emeritus Sven Erik Jørgensen, Copenhagen University, Danmark Ordförande: Docent Anders Widerlund, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Luleå tekniska universitet Tid: Fredag den 15 november 2013, kl 10.00 Plats: F341, Luleå tekniska universitetAvailable from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved
Chlot, S. & Widerlund, A. (2013). The fate of nitrogen in a lake occupied by Phragmites australis: a stable isotope tracer study (ed.). Paper presented at Applied Isotope Geochemistry Conference : 22/09/2013 - 27/09/2013. , 56(2-3), 139-141
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The fate of nitrogen in a lake occupied by Phragmites australis: a stable isotope tracer study
2013 (English)In: Vol. 56, no 2-3, p. 139-141Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
National Category
Geochemistry
Research subject
Applied Geology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-28566 (URN)10.1556/CEuGeol.56.2013.2-3.1 (DOI)2651f025-ba7f-4617-807b-b74447849d8e (Local ID)2651f025-ba7f-4617-807b-b74447849d8e (Archive number)2651f025-ba7f-4617-807b-b74447849d8e (OAI)
Conference
Applied Isotope Geochemistry Conference : 22/09/2013 - 27/09/2013
Note
Godkänd; 2013; 20131009 (sarfra)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved
Chlot, S. & Widerlund, A. (2013). Using DGT to estimate soluble reactive phosphorus in a stream receiving nutrient rich mine water (ed.). Paper presented at Conference on DGT and the Environment : 08/07/2013 - 12/07/2013. Paper presented at Conference on DGT and the Environment : 08/07/2013 - 12/07/2013.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Using DGT to estimate soluble reactive phosphorus in a stream receiving nutrient rich mine water
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Geochemistry
Research subject
Applied Geology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-34232 (URN)85e12055-4dd4-470c-8d63-98cae8bc404c (Local ID)85e12055-4dd4-470c-8d63-98cae8bc404c (Archive number)85e12055-4dd4-470c-8d63-98cae8bc404c (OAI)
Conference
Conference on DGT and the Environment : 08/07/2013 - 12/07/2013
Note
Godkänd; 2013; 20130911 (sarfra)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved
Chlot, S., Widerlund, A. & Öhlander, B. (2011). Carbon and nitrogen concentrations and isotopic composition in sediments of lakes receiving nitrogen rich mine effluents (ed.). Paper presented at International Applied Geochemistry Symposium : 22/08/2011 - 26/08/2011. Paper presented at International Applied Geochemistry Symposium : 22/08/2011 - 26/08/2011.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Carbon and nitrogen concentrations and isotopic composition in sediments of lakes receiving nitrogen rich mine effluents
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Geochemistry
Research subject
Applied Geology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-32752 (URN)75694efe-971b-490b-9d1e-74cc6c8735ed (Local ID)75694efe-971b-490b-9d1e-74cc6c8735ed (Archive number)75694efe-971b-490b-9d1e-74cc6c8735ed (OAI)
Conference
International Applied Geochemistry Symposium : 22/08/2011 - 26/08/2011
Note
Godkänd; 2011; 20111016 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved
Chlot, S., Widerlund, A., Siergieiev, D., Ecke, F., Husson, E. & Öhlander, B. (2011). Modelling nitrogen transformations in waters receiving mine effluents (ed.). Paper presented at . Science of the Total Environment, 409(21), 4585-4595
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Modelling nitrogen transformations in waters receiving mine effluents
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2011 (English)In: Science of the Total Environment, ISSN 0048-9697, E-ISSN 1879-1026, Vol. 409, no 21, p. 4585-4595Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a biogeochemical model developed for a clarification pond receiving ammonium nitrogen rich discharge water from the Boliden concentration plant located in northern Sweden. Present knowledge about nitrogen (N) transformations in lakes is compiled in a dynamic model that calculates concentrations of the six N species (state variables) ammonium-N (Nam), nitrate-N (Nox), dissolved organic N in water (Norg), N in phytoplankton (Npp), in macrophytes (Nmp) and in sediment (Nsed). It also simulates the rate of 16 N transformation processes occurring in the water column and sediment as well as water–sediment and water–atmosphere interactions. The model was programmed in the software Powersim using 2008 data, whilst validation was performed using data from 2006 to 2007. The sensitivity analysis showed that the state variables are most sensitive to changes in the coefficients related to the temperature dependence of the transformation processes. A six-year simulation of Nam showed stable behaviour over time. The calibrated model rendered coefficients of determination (R2) of 0.93, 0.79 and 0.86 for Nam, Nox and Norg, respectively. Performance measures quantitatively expressing the deviation between modelled and measured data resulted in values close to zero, indicating a stable model structure. The simulated denitrification rate was on average five times higher than the ammonia volatilisation rate and about three times higher than the permanent burial of Nsed and, hence, the most important process for the permanent removal of N. The model can be used to simulate possible measures to reduce the nitrogen load and, after some modification and recalibration, it can be applied at other mine sites affected by N rich effluents.

National Category
Ecology Geochemistry
Research subject
Landscape Ecology; Applied Geology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-14523 (URN)10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.07.024 (DOI)000295765200012 ()21816451 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-80052547209 (Scopus ID)de415e0a-6958-4d69-9c9b-27b5a0ca9eda (Local ID)de415e0a-6958-4d69-9c9b-27b5a0ca9eda (Archive number)de415e0a-6958-4d69-9c9b-27b5a0ca9eda (OAI)
Note
Validerad; 2011; 20110808 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved
Widerlund, A., Chlot, S., Herbert, R. & Öhlander, B. (2011). Nitrogen effluents from mine sites: environmental effects and removal of nitrogen in recipients (ed.). Paper presented at Bergforsk Annual Meeting 2011 : 04/05/2011 - 05/05/2011. Paper presented at Bergforsk Annual Meeting 2011 : 04/05/2011 - 05/05/2011.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nitrogen effluents from mine sites: environmental effects and removal of nitrogen in recipients
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Geochemistry
Research subject
Applied Geology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-35441 (URN)9fbac1d6-955c-40aa-8278-0364dc9b54c9 (Local ID)9fbac1d6-955c-40aa-8278-0364dc9b54c9 (Archive number)9fbac1d6-955c-40aa-8278-0364dc9b54c9 (OAI)
Conference
Bergforsk Annual Meeting 2011 : 04/05/2011 - 05/05/2011
Note
Godkänd; 2011; 20110816 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved
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