High-resolution phosphorus transfers at the catchment scale: the hidden importance of non-storm transfers

Philip Jordan, Joerg Arnscheidt, H McGrogan, S McCormick

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High-resolution measurements of total phosphorus (TP) concentrations in a stream draining a 5 km(2) agricultural catchment (a sub-catchment of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland) were made every 10 mins by continuous flow instrumentation using new homogenisation, digestion and colorimetric phases. Concurrently, rainfall and stream discharge data were collected at 5 and 15 min. intervals. Major P flushing episodes during storm events peaked on the rising limbs of storm hydrographs. A period of baseflow also indicated the importance of other sources that maintain the stream in a eutrophic state between storm events. These data provide insights into catchment processes that conform to definite patterns that, in a coarser sampling regime, might ordinarily be attributed to sampling and analytical `noise'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-691
JournalHydrology and Earth System Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2005



  • acute and chronic phosphorus transfers
  • high-resolution monitoring
  • catchments

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