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EMSL and WHONDRS collaborate on global river sampling study

Metabolomics data will help understand integrated river corridor function and develop predictive models
James Stegen demonstrates the protocol for collecting a water sample using a WHONDRS’ collection kit.

Re-posted from the EMSL web site.

EMSL and the Worldwide Hydrobiogeochemical Observation Network for Dynamic River Systems, or WHONDRS, have joined forces on a global study of surface water metabolites in rivers and streams. The project will improve understanding of organic carbon chemistry in coupled surface-subsurface systems, with an emphasis on understanding the integrated river corridor system, including the biogeochemically active hyporheic zone, the region beneath and alongside a stream or river bed where ground and surface water mix.

“WHONDRS is a research network enabling large-scale science to develop a broad picture of how the river corridor functions over time and space in order to understand its biogeochemistry, microbiology and hydrology,” said Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientist James Stegen, who is overseeing the WHONDRS project.

The international network is newly formed, launched in December 2017. It already includes around 30 scientists from academic institutions, national laboratories and federal agencies, and membership is increasing rapidly.

Visit the EMSL web site for the full article.

June 2018
| Pacific Northwest National Laboratory