Application of Synthetic DNA in Stream Tracer Injection Experiments

2013 Spring Cyberseminar Series

Jan Willem Foppen / UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education

Talk Description:

Stream tracer injection experiments are popular for characterizing hydrological and biogeochemical processes in streams. We used short fragments of single stranded uniquely coded synthetic DNA and NaCl, and we carried out instantaneous stream tracer injection experiments in various streams in the Benelux. In this talk, I will focus on the error analysis of the 'DNA- method', the terms of the mass balance of synthetic DNA in those injection experiments, and I will compare its performance with NaCl. Furthermore, I will indicate the obstacles we encountered and what future applications could be.

CUAHSI's Spring 2013 Cyberseminar Series on Complementary Methods and Models!

Hosted by Adam Ward, University of Iowa.