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https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-578
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-578
04 Mar 2024
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Technical Note: A validated correction method to quantify organic and inorganic carbon in soils using Rock-Eval® thermal analysis

Marija Stojanova, Pierre Arbelet, François Baudin, Nicolas Bouton, Giovanni Caria, Lorenza Pacini, Nicolas Proix, Edouard Quibel, Achille Thin, and Pierre Barré

Abstract. Soils contain large amounts of carbon stored as organic carbon and carbonates. These carbon pools can contribute to climate regulation, and are of primary importance in ensuring proper soil functioning. However, their accurate quantification remains a complex task. Rock-Eval® thermal analysis has emerged as an alternative to classic dry combustion and wet methods, due to its ability to simultaneously provide organic and inorganic carbon measurements on the same subsample. However, it has been observed that Rock-Eval® systematically underestimates the soil organic carbon (SOC), while overestimating the soil inorganic carbon (SIC). In this technical note, we propose a validated correction of both SOC and SIC based on a machine-learning model and using a diverse dataset of 240 soil samples. We show that the proposed correction significantly increases the accuracy of the Rock-Eval® method on the initial dataset, and that it can be successfully applied to data originating from different Rock-Eval® machines, without changing the routine analytical protocol. The transferability of the model allows for its future implementation in the Geoworks software so that Rock-Eval® machines can routinely provide accurate SIC and SOC measurements.

Marija Stojanova, Pierre Arbelet, François Baudin, Nicolas Bouton, Giovanni Caria, Lorenza Pacini, Nicolas Proix, Edouard Quibel, Achille Thin, and Pierre Barré

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Marija Stojanova, Pierre Arbelet, François Baudin, Nicolas Bouton, Giovanni Caria, Lorenza Pacini, Nicolas Proix, Edouard Quibel, Achille Thin, and Pierre Barré

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Technical note: A validated correction method to quantify organic and inorganic carbon in soils using Rock-Eval® thermal analysis Marija Stojanova https://zenodo.org/doi/10.5281/zenodo.10706302

Marija Stojanova, Pierre Arbelet, François Baudin, Nicolas Bouton, Giovanni Caria, Lorenza Pacini, Nicolas Proix, Edouard Quibel, Achille Thin, and Pierre Barré

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Because of its importance for climate regulation and soil health, many studies are focusing on carbon dynamics in soils. However, quantifying organic and inorganic carbon remains an issue in carbonated soils. In this technical note, we propose a validated correction method to quantify organic and inorganic carbon in soils using Rock-Eval® thermal analysis. With this correction, Rock-Eval® method has the potential to become the standard method for quantifying carbon in carbonate soils.