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Comparing nutrient reference concentrations in Nordic countries with focus on lowland rivers

Skarbovik, Eva and Aroviita, Jukka and Fölster, Jens and Solheim, Anne Lyche and Kyllmar, Katarina and Rankinen, Katri and Kronvang, Brian (2020). Comparing nutrient reference concentrations in Nordic countries with focus on lowland rivers. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment. 49 , 1771-1783
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Abstract

Reference conditions of water bodies are defined as the natural or minimal anthropogenically disturbed state. We compared the methods for determining total phosphorus and total nitrogen concentrations in rivers in Finland, Norway and Sweden as well as the established reference conditions and evaluated the possibility for transfer and harmonisation of methods. We found that both methods and values differed, especially for lowland rivers with a high proportion of agriculture in the catchment. Since Denmark has not yet set reference conditions for rivers, two of the Nordic methods were tested for Danish conditions. We conclude that some of the established methods are promising but that further development is required. We moreover argue that harmonisation of reference conditions is needed to obtain common benchmarks for assessing the impacts of current and future land use changes on water quality.

Authors/Creators:Skarbovik, Eva and Aroviita, Jukka and Fölster, Jens and Solheim, Anne Lyche and Kyllmar, Katarina and Rankinen, Katri and Kronvang, Brian
Title:Comparing nutrient reference concentrations in Nordic countries with focus on lowland rivers
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:49
Page range:1771-1783
Number of Pages:13
ISSN:0044-7447
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
Keywords:Nordic, Nutrients, Reference conditions, Rivers, WFD
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-108088
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-108088
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1007/s13280-020-01370-4
Web of Science (WoS)000569576700001
ID Code:17812
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
(S) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:14 Oct 2020 15:00
Metadata Last Modified:14 Oct 2020 15:01

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