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Use of Reflectance Infrared Spectroscopy for Monitoring the Metal Content of the Estuarine Sediments of the Nerbioi-Ibaizabal River (Metropolitan Bilbao, Bay of Biscay, Basque Country)

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posted on 2009-12-15, 00:00 authored by Javier Moros, Silvia Fdez-Ortiz de Vallejuelo, Ainara Gredilla, Alberto de Diego, Juan Manuel Madariaga, Salvador Garrigues, Miguel de la Guardia
Multivariate partial least-squares (PLS) calibration models have been developed for the spatial and seasonal simultaneous monitoring of 14 trace elements (Al, As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sn, V, and Zn) in sediments from 117 samples taken in the estuary of the Nerbioi-Ibaizabal River. Models were based on the chemometric treatment of diffuse reflectance near-infrared (NIR) and attenuated total reflectance (ATR) mid infrared (MIR) spectra, obtained from samples previously lyophilized and sieved with a particle size lower than 63 μm. Vibrational spectra were scanned in both, NIR and MIR regions. Developed PLS models, based on the interaction between trace elements and organic mater provide good screening tools for the prediction of trace elements concentration in sediments.