Small unmonitored near-coastal catchment areas yielding large mass loading to the sea
2008 (English)In: Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Vol. 22, no GB4003Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Continental freshwater transports and loads excess nutrients and pollutants from various land surface sources into downstream inland and coastal water environments. This study shows that even small, hydrologically unmonitored near-coastal catchment areas may generate large nutrient and pollutant mass loading to the sea of a magnitude similar to or greater than monitored river loads. Systematic near-coastal gaps in the monitoring of freshwater discharges to the sea may therefore mislead the quantification of coastal mass loading significantly. A methodology is presented for quantifying the mass load contributions of all the different unmonitored pathways of hydrological mass transport to the coast, including unmonitored river parts, whole unmonitored streams, and submarine groundwater discharge. This can be used for guiding future efforts to improve monitoring so that it includes the essential hydrological pathways of nutrient and pollutant loading to the sea.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 22, no GB4003
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-15963ISI: 000259803600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-15963DiVA: diva2:182483