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In-stream nutrient dynamics observed by automated highfrequency monitoring (River Leith, Cumbria, UK)

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Publication date2012
Number of pages6
Original languageEnglish


ConferenceBHS Eleventh National Symposium, Hydrology for a changing world
CountryUnited Kingdom


Temporal patterns of total phosphorus dynamics were investigated under an extensive range of hydrological conditions. Intricate relationships were observed between flow discharge and nutrient concentration with the presence of hysteresis patterns. Base-flow conditions were dominated by the existence of diurnal patterns for both nutrients and water quality time series and suggest the significance of biochemical in-stream nutrient processing. These results provide evidence that
coarse sampling strategies (daily) are insufficient to fully describe a complex pattern of nutrient dynamics at fine temporal scales (sub-daily and hourly).