Estimation of the bioaccessible arsenic fraction in soils using near infra red spectroscopy

Cave, Mark; Taylor, Helen; Wragg, Joanna. 2007 Estimation of the bioaccessible arsenic fraction in soils using near infra red spectroscopy. Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, 42 (9). 1293-1301.

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A self-modelling mixture algorithm was used to convert raw NIR spectra of soils, developed over Jurassic ironstones, into five underlying spectral components (SC) and associated coefficients. The five SCs were shown to be significantly correlated to the total As, bioaccessible As and total Fe contents of the soils and tentatively assigned to crystalline Fe oxides, Fe oxyhydroxides and clay components in the soils. A linear regression model, using the SC coefficients associated with the clay fraction, the Fe oxyhydroxides and the total As content of the soils as independent variables, was shown to predict the bioaccessible As content of the soils (as measured by an in vitro laboratory test) with a 95% confidence limit of ± 1.8 mg kg−1 and a median R2 value of 0.80. The approach could be extended to other soil types but the model presented here only applies to the Jurassic ironstone soils from Lincolnshire UK.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: BGS Programmes > Chemical and Biological Hazards
Additional Keywords: Bioaccessibility, arsenic, soil, regression, NIR, mixture resolution, chemometric, Jurassic ironstone.
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 30 Jul 2012 14:15 +0 (UTC)

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