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Potential impacts of climate change on water quality and ecology in six UK rivers

Whitehead, P., Wade, A. J. and Butterfield, D. (2009) Potential impacts of climate change on water quality and ecology in six UK rivers. Hydrology Research, 40 (2-3). pp. 113-122. ISSN 0029-1277

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To link to this article DOI: 10.2166/nh.2009.078

Abstract/Summary

A modelling study has been undertaken to assess the likely impacts of climate change on water quality across the UK. A range of climate change scenarios have been used to generate future precipitation, evaporation and temperature time series at a range of catchments across the UK. These time series have then been used to drive the Integrated Catchment (INCA) suite of flow, water quality and ecological models to simulate flow, nitrate, ammonia, total and soluble reactive phosphorus, sediments, macrophytes and epiphytes in the Rivers Tamar, Lugg, Tame, Kennet, Tweed and Lambourn. A wide range of responses have been obtained with impacts varying depending on river character, catchment location, flow regime, type of scenario and the time into the future. Essentially upland reaches of river will respond differently to lowland reaches of river, and the responses will vary depending on the water quality parameter of interest.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Earth Systems Science
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Earth Systems Science
ID Code:1771
Uncontrolled Keywords:climate change; nitrate phosphorus; rivers; sediments; water quality
Publisher:IWA Publishing

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