Monthly sampling of riverine chemistry and organic matter for 41 rivers in Great Britain in 2017 as part of the LOCATE project
This dataset is embargoed and will be made available by 31 March 2022 at the latest
This dataset contains particulate and dissolved organic carbon concentrations, nutrients (ammonia, nitrates, phosphate), alkalinity, pH, particulate organic nitrogen, delta-C-13 and delta-15-N isotopes, fluorescence and absorbance from river water samples. Data come from 41 rivers from around Great Britain, sampled on a monthly basis during 2017.
LOCATE (Land Ocean CArbon TransfEr) is a multi-disciplinary project that undertakes coordinated sampling of the major rivers in Great Britain to establish how much carbon from soils is getting into rivers and estuaries and to determine what is happening to it. LOCATE is a multidisciplinary NERC project involving the National Oceanography Centre, the British Geological Survey, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, with assistance from the University of Lancaster, University of Durham, University of Hull, the University of the Highlands and Islands and the Environment Agency.
Publication date: 2020-08-13
Provenance & quality
One third of rivers in Great Britain were sampled, accounting for approximately 36% of the catchment areas. For each river, a single visit was made once each month to collect water for analysis. Water was sampled using a bottle or bucket and then immediately filtered and/or decanted into other appropriate bottles, prior to being sent for analysis. Temperature was recorded immediately on sampled water. Conductivity was often done in situ but occasionally later in the laboratory if a field instrument was not available. The methods used for all parameters are described in the Supporting Documentation. Additional information on weather and flow and state of river was also recorded. In addition to the precise location of the sampling point, the Supporting Documentation on rivers includes NRFA code, catchment area, land use, standardised annual rainfall, Base Flow Index, altitude and percentage of carbonate rocks in catchment.
Inland Waters ,
particulate organic nitrogen,
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
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