River water quality in the Humber catchment: an introduction using GIS-based mapping and analysis

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Journal: Sci Total Environ 2000/06/10
Published: 2000
Authors: Oguchi, T.;Jarvie, H. P.;Neal, C.
Address: Center for Spatial Information Science, University of Tokyo, Japan.

The regional water quality of the Humber catchment was mapped for key inorganic chemical determinands using a GIS system and an extensive Environment Agency and LOIS monitoring database. The resultant maps revealed the major factors affecting the general characteristics of regional water quality. Sewage inputs from industrial and domestic sources account for the high concentration of many determinands in urban areas. The concentrations of particulate components increase in tidal zones because of sediment trapping and tidal re-suspension effects. Some determinands also exhibit localized high concentrations related to coal mine drainage, soil pollution caused by past ore mining, bedrock geology, the agricultural use of fertilizers and the ingression of seawater into the estuary.

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