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Refinement of sampling methods for analysis of nutrients in surface waters

Curtis L. Hollabaugh and Randa R. Harris
Refinement of sampling methods for analysis of nutrients in surface waters (in Environmental biogeochemistry; Part 3, Dibyendu Sarkar (prefacer))
Environmental Geosciences (June 2004) 11 (2): 112-128


Where long-term monitoring data is not available, or the nature of the watershed is changing rapidly, or data is limited, a cost-effective monitoring plan must be developed to ascertain nutrient concentrations in streams, stream nutrient load, and watershed nutrient yield. To accomplish this, nutrient monitoring must occur during baseflow, stormflow, and wetflow conditions. Wetflow refers to flow regimes between stormflow and baseflow. Using a 12-hr sampling interval before, during, and after rainfall events of different intensities allows accurate measurement of nutrient concentrations. These data allow determination of nutrients (ammonia-N, nitrite-nitrate-N, and total phosphorus) correlation with flow. Research on three different-sized watersheds in the Piedmont of west Georgia ranging from about 1 to 6295 km (super 2) (0.4 to 2430 mi (super 2) ) (Chattahoochee River at Whitesburg, Georgia) indicate that the best sampling methods are dependent on the size of the watershed, proportions of forest cover and impermeable surface, and intensity of nutrient influx from point sources and nonpoint sources.

ISSN: 1075-9565
EISSN: 1526-0984
Serial Title: Environmental Geosciences
Serial Volume: 11
Serial Issue: 2
Title: Refinement of sampling methods for analysis of nutrients in surface waters
Title: Environmental biogeochemistry; Part 3
Author(s): Hollabaugh, Curtis L.Harris, Randa R.
Author(s): Sarkar, Dibyenduprefacer
Affiliation: State University of West Georgia, Department of Geosciences, Carrollton, GA, United States
Affiliation: University of Texas at San Antonio, Earth and Environmental Science, San Antonio, TX, United States
Pages: 112-128
Published: 200406
Text Language: English
Publisher: American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Division of Environmental Geosciences, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 19
Accession Number: 2004-069199
Categories: Environmental geologyHydrochemistry
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 2 tables, sketch maps
N32°32'60" - N34°06'00", W85°25'00" - W84°40'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200420
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