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  1. Key Points We re‐evaluate equations proposed by Francis Hall to assess concentration‐discharge ( C ‐ Q ) relationships using newly available long‐term and high‐frequency data sets Across time steps we find that log‐log and log‐linear models perform equally well to describe C ‐ Q relationships Parametrization of storage‐discharge relationships via recession analyses provides additional insight to C ‐ Q relationships 
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  2. Abstract Dissolved organic matter (DOM) is a heterogeneous mixture of organic compounds that is produced through both microbial degradation and abiotic leaching of solid phase organic matter, and by a wide range of metabolic processes in algae and higher plants. DOM is ubiquitous throughout the hydrologic cycle and plays an important role in watershed management for drinking water supply as well as many aspects of aquatic ecology and geochemistry. Due to its wide-ranging effects in natural waters and analytical challenges, the focal research questions regarding DOM have varied since the 1920s. A standard catchment-scale model has emerged to describe the environmental controls on DOM concentrations. Modest concentrations of DOM are found in atmospheric deposition, large increases occur in throughfall and shallow soil flow paths, and variable concentrations in surface waters occur largely as a result of the extent to which hydrologic flow paths encounter deeper mineral soils, wetlands or shallow organic-rich riparian soils. Both production and consumption of DOM occur in surface waters but appear to frequently balance, resulting in relatively constant concentrations with distance downstream in most streams and rivers. Across biomes the concentration and composition of DOM in flowing waters is driven largely by soil processes or direct inputs to channels, but high levels can be found in streams and rivers from the tropics to the poles. Seven central challenges and opportunities in the study of DOM should frame ongoing research. These include maintaining or establishing long-term records of changes in concentrations and fluxes over time, capitalizing on the use of sensors to describe short-term DOM dynamics in aquatic systems, integrating the full carbon cycle into understanding of watershed and aquatic DOM dynamics, understanding the role of DOM in evasion of greenhouse gases from inland waters, unraveling the enigma of dissolved organic nitrogen, documenting gross versus net DOM fluxes, and moving beyond an emphasis on functional ecological significance to understanding the evolutionary significance of DOM in a wide range of environments. 
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  3. Abstract

    River networks play a crucial role in the global carbon cycle, as relevant sources of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere. Advancements in high‐frequency monitoring in aquatic environments have enabled measurement of dissolved CO2concentration at temporal resolutions essential for studying carbon variability and evasion from these dynamic ecosystems. Here, we describe the adaptation, deployment, and validation of an open‐source and relatively low‐cost in situpCO2sensor system for lotic ecosystems, the lotic‐SIPCO2. We tested the lotic‐SIPCO2 in 10 streams that spanned a range of land cover and basin size. Key system adaptations for lotic environments included prevention of biofouling, configuration for variable stage height, and reduction of headspace equilibration time. We then examined which input parameters contribute the most to uncertainty in estimating CO2emission rates and found scaling factors related to the gas exchange velocity were the most influential when CO2concentration was significantly above saturation. Near saturation, sensor measurement ofpCO2contributed most to uncertainty in estimating CO2emissions. We also found high‐frequency measurements ofpCO2were not necessary to accurately estimate median emission rates given the CO2regimes of our streams, but daily to weekly sampling was sufficient. High‐frequency measurements ofpCO2remain valuable for exploring in‐stream metabolic variability, source partitioning, and storm event dynamics. Our adaptations to the SIPCO2 offer a relatively affordable and robust means of monitoring dissolved CO2in lotic ecosystems. Our findings demonstrate priorities and related considerations in the design of monitoring projects of dissolved CO2and CO2evasion dynamics more broadly.

     
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